by Victor Lopez
MIDLAND--Owner Romelia Carrasco says she's always been the type to give to others, especially the elderly. She says her mother was the inspiration for Thursday's Thanksgiving feast, "I would always want to help my mother, since she was old, and that made me be a better person when I lost my mother."
'Helping those who can't help themselves.' That seemed to be the Carrasco family motto this Thanksgiving. From Mom, "I like to help needy people and elderly people, especially elderly people because I always focus on my mom."
To middle son, Cesar Franco, "For me, it's about paying forward. The community's been wanting us here, they never let us down so, it's our turn to give back to the people that need it."
And youngest daughter, Elizabeth Rowell, "It's time for sharing and if you can just give a few minutes of your day to somebody, to help them out, that's what we're here for. That's what God put us on this earth for."
Romie's Mexican Restaurant pulled out all the stops to fix a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Everything home made, right down to the desert. All being served to people who might otherwise have gone without. And it didn't bother them to spend, what should be family time, at work. "For the people that have no place to go. We just wanted to share that today. It's another day for me and I love it. It makes you feel good to know you're helping somebody out, that may not be able to have a Thanksgiving or have family," Elizabeth said.
Carrasco says her mom is the reason she's been inspired to help others, not only on Thanksgiving. And she's not doing it for the recognition either, "There's not a day that I don't do something. Maybe because I'm a mother, it inspires me, I don't know. I'm hoping to help somebody out there that needs help."
You would think, after serving meals to others all day, this family would be ready for a meal of their own. According to son Cesar, "This is our Thanksgiving. This is it. Our whole family is here."
The family says they are planning on making this a yearly tradition. Daughter Elizabeth says, people can go there, maybe make a new friend and not have to be alone on Thanksgiving.