Year after year, individuals and families depend on the generosity of Ferdoss Laguna and her family who have operated Little River Building & Home Supply hardware store since the 1980s. Around 500 people with extremely limited means come and enjoy a feast of fresh-baked turkey, pork shoulder and a spread of fixings from salads to rice, vegetable dishes, fresh fruit and cold drinks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “Word spreads in the area and a mix of low-income residents and homeless folks from around the county join us to share a special meal and time with our family,” says Laguna, the matriarch of an expansive Persian family that takes great pride in making everyone who comes to share in their feasts feel as if they are part of the family. “We welcome anyone who wants to come and enjoy a great family-style meal within a festival atmosphere of giving,” she says. “The more people who join us, the bigger impact we can make in our community and beyond.” To get involved in this year’s Thanksgiving and holiday feasts, contact the Laguna Family at Little River Building & Home Supply at 305.759.2404.
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