Two events help those less fortunate during Thanksgiving week
By Carl Kozlowski 11/20/2013
This week offers two great chances to help the less fortunate or receive a little help through tough times.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday the Fork in the Road Foundation hosts its annual Put the Fork In Hunger nonperishable food drive to benefit local food banks for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Union Station Homeless Services, the Salvation Army, the AIDS Service Center and Friends in Deed will share the donated items. Those interested in contributing should drive by the Giant Fork statue at 200 Bellefontaine St. in Pasadena and hand bags and items to the volunteers located there.
“Fill the bags this holiday season, and your heart will thank you for it,” said Phil Coombes, who has organized the drive for the past five years. “Our goal is to break the 16-ton record so we can play ‘16 Tons’ by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
For information on how to help or donate, contact Coombes at (626) 644.3227 or email Phil@AgentPhil.com.
Meanwhile, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner-in-the-Park takes place in Pasadena’s Central Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The annual event has been dubbed “the biggest pot luck in the nation” by the Los Angeles Times, and provides full turkey and trimmings dinners to all who attend.
Last year, more than 4,000 people were served and more than 2,000 did the serving, dishing out more than 375 turkeys, 60 gallons of gravy and 500 pounds of stuffing prepared by Union Station volunteers or donated by citizens who drove up to the event. This year will mark the 37th annual gathering.
Central Park is located at 219 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena.