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Pasadena Police Team With Salvation Army to Deliver Hot Thanksgiving Meals to the Homebound

Published on Friday, November 26, 2021 | 6:30 am

Pasadena police detectives and officers 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.

“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 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.

“We are doing a community meal for Thanksgiving and we are going to be serving about 450 seniors deliveries of shut-ins for meals with about a hundred volunteers helping us,” said Major Roy Wild, the Corps Officer for Pasadena, as volunteers, cooks, and officers and their families gathered to load up cars and head out early Thanksgiving morning.

Between the served and the delivered meals, Wild said the Pasadena Salvation Army planned to serve about 600 meals.

Pasadena Fire Chief Chad Augustin rolled up his sleeves and helped prepare meals in the kitchen.

Police officers and detectives joined Commander Jason Clawson in making deliveries of the bright red bags filled with Thanksgiving meals.

Many brought their spouses, sons and daughters.

“We want this to be a family affair. So just like I came with my son today and so we’re going to go out and deliver as well,” explained Thompson.

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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