ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Two Albuquerque businesses on Thursday thanked dozens ofAlbuquerque foster parents for providing good homes to manykids.
“Lots of kids needed places to go and it just kind ofhappens,” foster parent Angie Newman said.
Angie Newman’s family of nine includes five adoptedchildren and two foster sons. They adopted Robert Harris, 13, whenhe was 7.
“I understood that they loved me and wanted to take careof me,” Harris said.
The family sat among dozens of other families Thanksgiving dayto enjoy an American tradition, but this meal was a littledifferent: it was free.
Sitting a few tables away was the Huddleston family, a familywith six children.
“Most of our children are Native American, some are not,but all kids need love. It doesn't matter what race theyare,” foster parent Mark Huddleston said.
The Huddlestons have one biological son, three adopteddaughters, one foster child, and a grandson under their roof. Theysaid they spent $500 on Thanksgiving last year. This year theydidn’t spend a dime.
“These are the real heroes in this community,” saidSandiago’s Grill spokesman Rorik Rivenburgh.
Six months ago, Sandiago’s Grill and U.S. Foods decided toprovide Thanksgiving dinners for dozens of Albuquerque fosterfamilies: 240 people total.
The cost off all the meals was well into the thousands.
“It's not about the money, it's about the love,”Rivenburgh said.
A group of 30 volunteers from Sandiago’s at the base ofthe Sandia Peak Tramway and High Finance Restaurant at the top ofthe tram put their Thanksgiving on hold so they could feed familiesthey barely met on Thursday.
“That’s the best part, that’s the best part,they're smiling when they see their turkey and drumsticks,”volunteer server Jordan Layman said.
Layman said it was his best role on Thanksgiving.
It's the first time the free meal was offered atSandiago’s Restaurant.
Sandia Peak Tramway also gave by cutting the cost for a tramride for the foster families.
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