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Pasadena Police Fan Out Across City, Delivering Hot Thanksgiving Meals Prepared by Salvation Army

Published on Friday, November 24, 2023 | 6:26 am

Pasadena police employees, officers, detectives, command staff, and even the Chief fanned out across the city on Thanksgiving morning on a different-than-usual mission: to deliver hot turkey dinners to those in need, including many elderly citizens in the community who are homebound.

“I’m thankful to be out here for the first time,” Police Chief Gene Harris told his officers and unsworn Deoartment employees as the event began under beautiful blue skies.

Harris told the gathering that the “worthy event” was an opportunity “for us to get out here and really demonstrate to the community what it is we’re about.”

Many brought their spouses, sons and daughters.

“We go out every year to bring joy to families and to the elderly who can’t get out and get their own meals,” explained Glenn Thompson, a former Pasadena police sergeant who remains active in police-community service.

The police were helped by Pasadena Boy Scouts with Troop 37.

The effort was in partnership with the Pasadena Tabernacle of the Salvation Army, which also held a walk-in dinner at its Walnut Street facility for those in need.

The Pasadena Tabernacle planned to deliver approximately 600 meals to senior resident homes. 

Additionally, a sit-down meal, open to all community members, was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is particularly focused on aiding the homeless population, although everyone in the community was welcome to join.

“This is the first time we’ve done a sit-down meal since Covid,” said Major Paula Wild, highlighting the organization’s efforts to readjust post-pandemic. 

Wild anticipated welcoming between 150 to 200 people for the meal. 

Her husband, Major Roy Wild, said the Pasadena Tabernacle has “a great partnership, the Salvation Army and the police department for Pasadena.”

He said the Salvation Army is here to meet people’s needs.

“We’re here to help those that desperately need help during these rough times,” Wild said.

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