台灣人2012感恩節關懷

Happy Thanksgiving




台灣海外網: 第14屆台灣人感恩節關懷餐會 11/20/2012

Youtube 全程錄影
Solo:The Prayer by Felicia Chang 台灣人感恩節社區關懷餐會獻唱 - 8
14th Thanksgiving Dinner for Community:Welcome/Pray 感恩關懷 - 1
Tzu Chi Sign Language, Horse Dance by CPC youth 慈濟手語、馬舞 - 2
Yuan Ji Dance, CPC Children Choir 元極舞、兒童合唱團 - 3
Harp, Solo:The Prayer 豎琴、獨唱:祈禱 - 4
String Band from CPC 旋樂演奏 - 5
Duet from Immanuel Taiwanese Church 雙重唱 - 6
Snapshot behind the screen 幕後剪影 - 7

World Journal 世界日報
感恩餐會 弱勢族吃下肚暖在心

每年感恩節前的星期二下午,佛利蒙長老教會都分外熱鬧。由舊金山灣區台灣商會主辦的社區感恩節關懷餐會在這裡舉行,今年已是第14屆。餐會提供三連市及周邊地區低收入弱勢族群感恩節火雞大餐,成為當地最大的感恩節慈善活動。

今年餐會20日如期舉行。開始前數百位就餐民眾已早早在門口排隊等候,義工們則忙碌不停,有的準備食物,有的布置餐桌,做好準備工作。

舊金山灣區台灣商會創會會長,台灣鄉情關懷會會長謝鎮寬(John Hsieh)表示,經濟仍不是很好,尤其感覺到大家都把這裡當成社區大活動,非常高興能在這樣的時節裡,將大家聚集到一起。他指出,無論出資籌辦的人還是做義工,都很高興,也希望前來用餐人士能度過愉快的佳節。

謝鎮寬13年前看到韓裔社區每年都在屋崙舉辦感恩節慈善餐會,每次都接待2000至3000人。有感於當時在三連市地區比較缺少這樣的活動,他在1999年第一次將感恩節關懷餐會帶到三連市,因為有些人如果不來到這裡,就沒有地方可以過節。

舊金山灣區台灣商會會長汪麗玉(Grace Lee)表示,經費都由商會會員捐助。商會希望回饋社會,將溫暖帶給大家。她指出,往年每次都有600至700人來就餐,希望今年做得更好。除火雞餐之外,會員還捐出許多禮物,包括外套、毯子、超市禮券等,希望將愛帶給每一個人。

駐舊金山台北經濟文化辦事處處長到社區感恩節關懷餐會做義工,已成傳統。上任不很久的傅正綱處長是第一次參加。他表示,商會的朋友都非常熱心,對需要幫助的人伸出援手。他說這是分享感恩的活動,希望每年都能來參加。

Fremont Bullet 主流媒體
Taiwanese groups feed hundreds of in-need Tri-Cities residents by Wes Bowers

For 15 years, the Love of Taiwan Association and the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce of the San Francisco Bay Area have put on one of the largest Thanksgiving meals in the East Bay.

On Tuesday, hundreds of the Tri-Cities area's homeless, elderly and those who have hit hard times due to the economy returned to the event at Centerville Presbyterian Church.

John Hsieh, Love of Taiwan Association president and founder of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce of the San Francisco Bay Area, said it's always a pleasure to help the less fortunate.

"Thanksgiving is really about bringing the community together," he said. "We really hope this is the season, or the year, we can really inspire some community spirit in everybody."

Hsieh was joined by representatives from several local elected offices, including state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro. Corbett's staffers were joined by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, and Union City Mayor Mark Green and Councilmember Pat Gacoscos, as well as Newark Mayor Alan Nagy and former Fremont councilmember Steve Cho.

They were all joined by about 50 volunteers organized by Hsieh to serve more than 400 guests.

One of those guests was Yasmin Diaz, who said she has been bringing her family to the meal for four years.

This year has been especially hard for Diaz, who said she is out of work. Her mother also passed away recently, leaving her to take care of her teen brother and sister.

Diaz had already been bringing her own four children to the church, and this year brought her two siblings. She said the church and Hsieh's groups have always been there for her family.

"This is just like being with family," she said. "The volunteers who work here they make you feel at home. They tell you Ôhey, don't worry about it. You're in good company here.'"

Her 15-year-old daughter Stephanie and 9-year-old son Rigoberto agreed.

"The people here are just so nice and loveable," Stephanie Diaz said.

"And you get to meet new people each year," Rigoberto Diaz added.

Since the dinner began 15 years ago, Hsieh believes it has become the largest holiday tradition in the Bay Area.

Centerville Presbyterian's dining hall can hold up to 600 diners at once, and with guests coming in and out over the course of two hours, Hsieh said more people are able to come in than capacity.

Tuesday's dinner not only included a warm meal for the homeless, elderly and lonely, but entertainment and a raffle. Many guests were also given paper bags full of bread and canned goods as they left.

Hsieh said America's Thanksgiving is slowly becoming a tradition celebrated around the world, as it opens the holiday season of giving everywhere.

"People do just about the same kinds of event in Taiwan this time of year," he said. "And as an immigrant to this country, I want to give back to the community that has given me such great opportunities, as well as show some holiday spirit."

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