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A Busy Saturday of Compassion and Community As Thanksgiving Nears

As the holiday approaches, days are filled with food giveaways

Published on Sunday, November 19, 2023 | 5:43 am
 

With the approach of Thanksgiving, the number of local turkey and food giveaway programs has ramped up and Saturday was particularly busy.

Mayor Victor Gordo was up early at City Hall for the Mayor’s Annual “Operation Gobble Gobble” event. 

Gordo was joined by local volunteers including city staff members, Pasadena police and firefighters and community volunteers, to distribute 500 turkeys to representatives from 25 local human service organizations.

Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo spent a soggy Saturday spreading compassion throughout the city at three Thanksgiving turkey giveaway events. [Eddie Rivera/Pasadena Now]
Along with the turkeys provided by Titan Disposal Company, Ralph’s/Food 4 Less gave families gift cards to buy other items for their Thanksgiving meals.

This year’s  “Gobble Gobble” was the 20th such annual event.

The Mayor’s office thanked one generous local company for its role in this year’s Gooble Gooble: “This important milestone would not have been possible without Titan Disposal Co.’s generosity, reflecting their deep commitment to our Pasadena  community.”

Jamie Potter, President/Ceo of Titan Disposal, explained that “Titan Disposal is a local business and we love to stay connected to our community. Though we give all year long, the Thanksgiving season is the perfect opportunity to amplify our appreciation and gratitude for all that the city of Pasadena has done for us.” 

Mayor Victor Gordo was joined by local volunteers including city staff members, Pasadena police and firefighters and community volunteers, to distribute 500 turkeys to representatives from 25 local human service organizations. [Photo courtesy Office of Mayor Victor Gordo]
Mayor Gordo joined in another food giveaway event at Villa Parke and also dropped by the 2023 Thanksgiving Community Day event at Holy Assembly Church of God, sponsored by the Pasadena Community Coalition, My Tribe Rise, and Mosaic Church. 

Despite a steady rain, volunteers distributed more than 300 Thanksgiving dinner packages to drive-up registrants and served lunch to walk-up residents. 

Both Mayor Gordo and Pasadena Community Coalition President Martin Gordon spoke about the growing number of residents in need of such food events, post-pandemic.  

“The need keeps growing, and we need to do all we can to help,” said Mayor Gordo.

“This is all about being together,” agreed Gordon.  

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