EDINBURG – Edinburg Housing Authority (EHA) families received over 200 turkeys thanks to the generous donations by City of Edinburg - Edinburg Cares, Rick Villarreal - Farmers Agency, Communities in School (CIS), Edinburg Housing Authority, and HEB on Nov. 21st.

Dedicated staff, generous partners, and a philanthropic corporation worked together to collect and donate 400 turkeys and fixings to low-income families in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV).

EHA was established in 1949 and is the third largest public housing agency in the RGV: it provides affordable housing to families that need it most.

Community stakeholders such as Rick Villarreal Farmers Insurance have been giving back to families for over 25 years.

Within the past 5 years, however, Farmers Insurance has expanded their giving.

Mr. Villarreal along with his wife Veronica Gonzalez share a passion for giving, "Everyone who gives to this cause does so because we believe in giving back to our community." said, Mr. Villarreal.

Families that receive the essentials for a Thanksgiving meal are identified by Edinburg Housing Authority, elementary schools in the Edinburg and La Joya, and also through schools that are serviced by Communities in Schools.

Communities in School is a national organization that builds relationships with at-risk students to encourage and empower them to stay in school.

Edinburg Housing Authority distributed more than 200 turkeys with fixings and served a total of 250 warm Thanksgiving meals to its families.

Rodeo Dental, Valley Metro Security, Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, New Hope Church, National Honor Society of Edinburg High School, Robert Vela High School, Graduate Association of Students Social Workers, Heavenly Splendor Church, Rick Villarreal Farmers Insurance, Communities in Schools, HEB, Edinburg Cares, City of Edinburg and EHA are to be thanked for their time, donations and efforts.

"Creating partnerships with community stakeholders allows us to serve and provide for the residents this time of year. Our agency has no words to express how grateful we are for everyone who helped us give back to our families." said, Mr. Ramirez native, contributor, and influencer of the city of Edinburg.

Thanksgiving may come around once a year, but the generosity of community stakeholders will never be forgotten by EHA and the families serviced.