LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of Los Angeles' most impoverished men, women and children will celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner with thousands of caring volunteers from throughout the Southland on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th, from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Fred Jordan Mission located at 445 Towne Avenue, (on the corner of E. 5th and Towne,) in downtown Los Angeles.
Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give the annual Thanksgiving Prayer for the city and lead thousands of volunteers in serving the Mission's traditional dinner to some of our city's neediest citizens. The Mission has prepared more than 1 ton of giant roasted turkey drumsticks, 80 gallons of gravy, 585 pounds of green beans, 560 pounds of candied yams, hundreds of pounds of cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, 400 pumpkin pies and 220 gallons of fruit punch for this extraordinary feast. In addition, each guest will receive a family food gift bag.
We are delighted to announce that once again Ted Giouzelis, owner of The Lunch Master, located across the street from the Mission, has generously donated the use of his huge commercial ovens to help roast the turkey.
Harvest Crusade's Pastor Greg Laurie will give a special Thanksgiving message of hope and inspiration. This annual dinner doesn't serve only homeless people. It also serves working families who can't afford to cook a Thanksgiving Day dinner of their own. With the recent cuts in the federal food stamp program, the Mission is expecting more people than usual to come for Thanksgiving dinner.
However, even as the Mission is preparing this special Thanksgiving feast, we are already preparing to bring Christmas to thousands of poor children and families, and are in desperate need of unwrapped toys for these impoverished boys and girls. We are inviting all Thanksgiving volunteers, or anyone who wants to help children, to bring a $15.00 unwrapped toy to the Mission, on Thanksgiving Day, or any day before Christmas. What a wonderful way to celebrate our blessings this Thanksgiving, by sharing with our neighbors who have so little!
The Fred Jordan Missions, open 365 days a year since 1944, feeds hundreds of hungry people and provides assistance to impoverished individuals and families. The Mission is a non-profit, faith-based, educational and relief organization that focuses on education, job training, and self-reliance.
SOURCE The Fred Jordan Mission