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Pasadena Sharing Initiative Gears Up for Thanksgiving for 100 Local Families

And you can help, organizers said

Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 3:48 pm

The Pasadena Fire Department, Pasadena Sandwich Company, local organizations, and volunteers plan to “Give Back to the Community” and serve over 500 people a great meal and a good time on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

Nearly 100 local families in need have been identified by the Pasadena Unified School District’s homeless and transitional program, “Families in Transition,” and invited to attend. In addition to being served a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, these families will enjoy fun activities such as face painting, arts & crafts, and a photo booth in a festive, low-stress environment. They will also take home family portraits and “Blessing Bags” filled with a variety of essential items including first aid kits, toothbrushes, toiletries, food items, and grocery gift cards.

Organizers said they were still looking for additional support from the community, including monetary donations, canned food, and gift certificates. Any items donated can be dropped off or mailed to the Pasadena Sandwich Company at 259 Sierra Madre Villa Avenue in East Pasadena.

Or, they said, if you are interested in making an online donation or volunteering, visit the Pasadena Share a Meal website, send an email to, or call (909) 267-5700.

The Pasadena Sharing Initiative was founded in 2012 when Pasadena firefighter Steve Lawhorn teamed up with Meghan Fink to create a charity in honor of his friend and her late father Stephen E. Fink, who founded the Pasadena Sandwich Company in 1995 and passed away in 2010 of amyloidosis.

With help from the other Fink children, Kaytee, Nicole, and Jon, the group enlisted the City of Pasadena, the Pasadena Fire Department, and several local businesses and community organizations to become ongoing sponsors and volunteers for its various programs, including the Pasadena Thanksgiving Share A Meal event.

“By coming together as a community, we’re able to provide a safe and fun holiday environment for families to enjoy Thanksgiving together, year after year,” said Meghan Fink. “Through the exceptional generosity of our partners, we will not only feed families and delicious holiday meal and distribute Blessing Bags.”

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