Give Thanks By Giving Back

Union Station Homeless Services to feed thousands in need at annual Dinner in the Park event.

Published : Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 12:41 PM

To show community spirit and compassion, hundreds of volunteers of all ages will gather together on Thanksgiving to serve meals and cheer at Union Station Homeless Services’ annual Dinner in the Park.

For over 45 years, this beloved tradition has been a staple event for the Pasadena community during the holiday season. Volunteers help prepare and serve meals–including turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pie–to all who are hungry at Pasadena’s Central Park on Thanksgiving.

Union Station Homeless Services expects to serve over 2,000 plates of food this Thanksgiving, November 22nd. Meal recipients will include individuals and families experiencing homelessness or poverty, senior citizens, and those who are alone for Thanksgiving or unable to afford a holiday meal.

“Union Station’s Dinner in the Park is one of our favorite outreach events,” states Anne Miskey, CEO for Union Station Homeless Services. “Our goal is to make Central Park in Pasadena a place where individuals and families, young and old, can gather, regardless of their circumstances, and find comfort and hope while sharing a meal together.”

Dinner in the Park is a true community event and would not be possible without the support of our community members and volunteers. Union Station would like to include a thank you to its event sponsors, including Tsutayo Ichioka & Satsuki Nakao Foundation, Longo Toyota Lexus, and Centerplate. For a complete listing of sponsors, visit the event webpage.

Volunteer registration for the event will open on November 1st at 9:00 am. Interested individuals and groups can register on Union Station’s Dinner in the Park event webpage.

Community members are also invited to help Union Station collect the ingredients and kitchen supplies needed to prepare a great Thanksgiving meal! Turkeys, hams and pies are the most needed items. The complete wish list of much-needed items is available on the event webpage. Donors may drop off these supplies at the Adult Center, located at 412 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, throughout the month of November.

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