12 days before the big U.S. feasting holiday of Thanksgiving, mentors for Befriend-A-Child in Northern Virginia helped teach their young charges how to make pumpkin pie for their families.

Under the direction of The Aubergine Chef, Jason Shriner, who volunteered his time and expertise, the mentees followed directions, and meticulously decorated their own pies.

After the “big bake” mentees and mentors, along with staff, moved to another room to enjoy a few extra pies before taking their own baked goods home.

The Office of Public Private Partnerships recruited Chef Jason and found donations for ingredients. Kitchen space was generously provided by Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax.

“This Thanksgiving, BeFriend-A-Child is grateful for all the volunteers who shared their time and resources with us,” said Fairfax County worker, Angie Carrera.

“This is a skill these kids can take with them and use to create a happier Thanksgiving every year to come.”

File Photo by Aimee Ray (CC license)

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