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Kardashian Jenner Family Comes to the Rescue After Local Nonprofit Puts Out Distress Call for Food Donations

Published on Friday, November 18, 2022 | 6:20 am
 

After Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services said it was in dire straits trying to collect enough frozen turkeys to prepare thousands of meals to serve at its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner for those in need, the celebrities of the Kardashian Jenner family took immediate action.

“They saw our need for turkeys on the news last week,” Union Station officials said Thursday. “ Not only did they provide turkeys, but they also stocked us with every perishable ingredient needed to serve over 4,000 Thanksgiving meals at our 52nd Annual Dinner in the Park!”

Officials — who had collected only 7 out the needed 450 turkeys when they issued their call for help — said the Kardashian Jenner family also donated 50 gallons of milk, 50 lbs of butter, 150 lbs of produce and herbs, and 450 pies.

Union Station publicly thanked Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Rob Kardashian for their “support in making this Thanksgiving special for so many neighbors who would otherwise not be able to enjoy a holiday meal this year.”

Union Station Homeless Services is marking its 52nd year of bringing homeless and isolated community members together over  “good, complete and healthy” Thanksgiving meals.

Anne Miskey, CEO at Union Station Homeless Services said “Dinner in the Park” was like a community potluck, where community members would bring food to Central Park and share it with their neighbors when it started all those years ago. 

Over the years, the event’s focus has shifted to making sure that people in need have access to a decent Thanksgiving meal. 

“As the need has grown, we have really focused more on serving those in need and providing a Thanksgiving dinner for people.” 

“So we no longer have an actual sort of picnic in the park, but really focus on making sure that people have access to a good, complete and healthy Thanksgiving meal,” said Miskey. 

During the fourth week of Nov., Union Station Homeless Services will celebrate its 52nd year of hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the Pasadena community. 

Unlike previous years, Union Station Homeless Services will divide its annual “Dinner in the Park” into three programs this Thanksgiving. 

On Monday, Nov. 21, Union Station Homeless Services will distribute boxes containing food items needed for Thanksgiving including frozen turkey, canned goods, stuffing, potatoes mix, and more. 

This program is for those who would want to cook their own Thanksgiving meal. Residents can pick their meal supply boxes in the Adult Center at 412 S. Raymond Ave. 

Those who want to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal at home may pick up Thanksgiving dinners prepared by Union Station Homeless Services, available at the Adult Center on Nov. 23. 

On Nov. 24, Union Station Homeless Services will host private sit-down dinners for 550 residents living at interim housing locations including the Adult Center, Family Center, Centennial Place, Huntington Villas, Casa Luna, the Eagle Rock Tiny Village, and the M Motel in El Monte .

Miskey said Union Station Homeless Services served over 4,000 people last year and it expects to serve more this year especially with the rising food costs.

Union Station Homeless Services, who “rely on the generosity of our community” is still in need of donations to make all their plans happen, according to Miskey. 

“[Our goal] is to be able to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to all of those adults and families in our community who otherwise would go hungry and wouldn’t have a chance to enjoy a meal because they couldn’t afford to buy one or because they don’t have a home.” 

“So this is really an opportunity for the whole community through Union Station to come together to help provide a Thanksgiving for all of our vulnerable neighbors,” said Miskey. 

To donate and to know more about the volunteer opportunities available for the upcoming “Dinner in the Park,” visit: https://unionstationhs.org/dinner-in-the-park/ and click “Get Involved.”

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