Thanksgiving meals, fundraisers, jogging are all about helping the LA County homeless – Daily News

With homelessness rising in Los Angeles County, it was a goal that many Southern California residents shared at Thanksgiving 2021 to help those out of the house.

The week leading up to the holiday was filled with dozens of food gifts, free hot meals and other activities aimed at helping people in need around the region.

Drumstick Dash LA took over the streets of North Hollywood on Thursday, November 25, helping raise money to help feed those out of the house and others in need.

The race is billed by the organizers as Los Angeles’ largest 5K / 10K race, with more than 5,000 people signed up to participate. Runners, joggers and hikers came through the NoHo Arts District, cheered on by spectators while DJs played music to inspire their efforts.

All proceeds will help Hope of the Valley provide over 500,000 hot meals to homeless men, women and children, organizers said.

“At Hope Of The Valley, we recognize the need for an entire community to work together to address the humanitarian crisis of homelessness. Our annual Dash 5K / 10k drumstick provides the opportunity for people to move their feet so others can eat. and together we can provide for those most in need in our community, ”said founder and CEO Ken Craft.

Meanwhile, LA’s faithful Midnight Mission planned to serve Thanksgiving brunch to nearly 2,000 homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families, according to Georgia Berkovich, its director of public affairs.

On the menu: 3,500 pounds of turkey, topped with 50 gallons of gravy, 3,500 pounds of ham with icing, 1,000 pounds of garlic mashed potatoes, 750 pounds of seasonal vegetables, 250 pounds of cranberry sauce, 300 pounds of dinner roll of dessert, Berkovich said.

Volunteers were expected to include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, councilor / mayoral candidate Kevin DeLeon and rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles.

In Pasadena, to mark the 51st anniversary of Dinner in the Park, Union Station Homeless Services volunteers serve prepared Thanksgiving meals to residents in need on Wednesday.

In normal years, the organization would host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner served by volunteers in the park, but the ongoing pandemic forced organizers to re-adjust during this year’s annual celebration. A total of 2,800 individually packaged meals were delivered, according to Associate Director of Communications Brenda Lynch.

In Hollywood, The Laugh Factory planned to host its 41st annual free Thanksgiving Dinner. Top comedians including Tiffany Haddish, Dane Cook and Craig Robinson planned to attend, said Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada.

City News Service contributed to this report

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