Augusta Liddic/The Daily TimesMembers of the Farmington High School girls basketball team debone turkeys at the Salvation Army for Thursday’s
Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Members of the Farmington High School girls basketball team debone turkeys at the Salvation Army for Thursday's Thanksgiving meal. (Augusta Liddic)
FARMINGTON — The Farmington High School girls basketball team spent the first morning of their Thanksgiving holiday deboning 75 turkeys for the Salvation Army.

It was one of many community efforts around Farmington to help give back to those less fortunate.

"It feels good," said Katarina Pete, 15. "It's fun. We're family, not (just) friends, and it shows that the basketball team gives back."

About 20 of the team's members and their coaches crammed into the small basement of the Salvation Army Church, 319 W. Broadway Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

They cut up bread for stuffing as they waited for 65 turkeys prepared by the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and 10 from Si Senor to be delivered.

Although they were up early on their first day of vacation, the girls chattered and giggled among themselves.

"It's a lot of fun," said Marisa Kakos, 17.

It took the team just under two hours to debone all 75 turkeys. The room was a whirlwind of activity as trays of turkey went back and forth. Meat was stripped off the bone and put into dozens of waiting plastic bags.

"It's a great way for us to bond and help people in the community that are less fortunate," said varsity coach Michael Switch.

The girls basketball team was one of many organizations around Farmington volunteering to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. The Piedra Vista High School boys wrestling team helped set up tables and chairs at the Civic Center, and a group of volunteers cooked mashed potatoes at Sacred Heart Catholic School, said Brian Anderson of the Salvation Army.


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"As far as demand goes, we couldn't be doing this today without the girls basketball team," Anderson said. "This year we have no idea what demand will be, but we're excited."

Two years ago the Farmington Salvation Army served 1,600 families a Christmas dinner, Anderson said. Last year at Christmas, they served 2,700 families.

The food preparation and volunteer logistics was all done out of the cramped space at the Salvation Army Church. This year, the organization will have the use of a larger space for prep work, Anderson said.be delivered.

Although they were up early on their first day of vacation, the girls chattered and giggled among themselves.

"It's a lot of fun," said Marisa Kakos, 17.

It took the team just under two hours to debone all 75 turkeys. The room was a whirlwind of activity as trays of turkeys went back and forth. Meat was stripped off the bone and put into dozens of waiting plastic bags.

"It's a great way for us to bond and help people in the community that are less fortunate," said varsity coach Michael Switch.

The girls basketball team was just one of many organizations around Farmington volunteering to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. The Piedra Vista High School boys wrestling team helped set up tables and chairs at the Civic Center, and a group of volunteers cooked mashed potatoes at Sacred Heart Catholic School, said Brian Anderson of the Salvation Army.

"As far as demand goes, we couldn't be doing this today without the girls basketball team," Anderson said. "This year we have no idea what demand will be, but we're excited."

Two years ago the Farmington Salvation Army served 1,600 families Christmas dinner, Anderson said. Last year they served 2,700 families.

The food preparation and volunteer logistics was all done out of the cramped space at the Salvation Army Church. This year, the organization will have the use of a larger space, Anderson said.