Community gathers for a holiday dinner

Kids lined up to get dinner during Bonding Against Adversity “Community Holiday Dinner” last Thursday at M.O. Campbell Center in Aldine Bender.

Neighbors, parents, children, students, and community leaders all gathered to celebrate Christmas in a community holiday dinner last Thursday at M.O. Campbell Center.

For the fourth consecutive year Bonding Against Adversity hosted a community holiday dinner. The celebration included choirs from MacArthur High School, Hambrick middle school and Escamilla; Christmas Carols, a ballet folklorico represented the Nativity scene.

The festivity last 3 hours and nearly 500 people attended. The idea of a community holiday dinner flourished 4 years ago when Mariana Sanchez, Director of Bonding Against Adversity, wanted to share some joy with kids and Aldine families during the holidays; she mentioned that her best reward is when she sees “their happy faces.”

“We started 4 years ago with nothing,” Mariana said. Now, the annual community holiday dinner has become more popular every year since the first time.

Santa was also present and gifts were distributed to pre-register kids, so they could have a present to open on Christmas day.

The event was sponsored for Noble Energy, East Aldine Management District and Houston Airport System. Many volunteers also helped make this event possible.