The Salvation Army and Chicago Bears partner to offer traditional Venezuelan Meals

Nov 23, 2023

It was a Thanksgiving to remember for hundreds of our new neighbors.

The Salvation Army and Chicago Bears hosted multiple meals Tuesday, November 21st and Wednesday November 22nd for migrants who now call Chicago home.

LaVillita Corps, Temple Corps, Freedom Center, and Irving Park Corps each welcomed 200 migrants with a meal sponsored by the Chicago Bears. The traditional Venezuelan cuisine was catered by Rica Arepa Chicago, and included Yuca Frita, Tequenos, Plantains, beef, chicken, and rice.

A total of 800 meals were distributed over the two days.

Tuesday at LaVillita Corps in Little Village, Chicago Bears players, DJ Moore, Khalid Kareem, Daniel Hardy, Velus Jones Jr., and Roy Mbaeteka were on hand to serve the meal. While there, the players danced, posed for photos, and signed autographs. It’s safe to say the players enjoyed the day as much as the guests.

Three separate meals were prepared on Wednesday, including at Temple Corps where former Chicago Bears wide receiver Wendell Davis and fan favorite, mascot Staley Da Bear, joined in on the fun. At Freedom Center, Chicago Bears alumni Steve Edwards went table-to-table delivering food and then handed out stocking caps to all the kids in attendance. At the Irving Park Corps, former Chicago Bears tight end Kaseem Sinceno mingled with guests and helped serve dinner.

All four events were filled with food, fun, and fellowship.

In addition to the meals, toys, coats, boots, hats, blankets, hygiene kits, and diapers were handed out.

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