Midnight Mission, Laugh Factory among those serving Thanksgiving meals to thousands of Angelenos in need – CBS Los Angeles

Los Angeles (CBSLA) – After taking a different shape due to coronavirus restrictions last year, many in-person Thanksgiving events to feed the needy and raise money for worthwhile causes returned to Los Angeles Thursday.

Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals at Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles. November 25, 2021. (CBSLA)

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Midnight Mission on Skid Row served Thanksgiving brunch to nearly 2,000 people, according to Midnight Mission spokeswoman Georgia Berkovich.

Volunteer Wendy Nguyen told CBSLA that she had come from Riverside to help serve meal on the midnight mission.

“I love it down here. I’m on my way here once a month, 65 miles, I’m very involved, I love being here, the kitchen, the environment, serving the people of Skid Row, ”Nguyen told CBSLA.

It served 3,500 pounds of turkey topped with 50 gallon sauce, 3,500 pounds of iced ham, 1,000 pounds of garlic mashed potatoes, 750 pounds of seasonal vegetables, 250 pounds of cranberry sauce, 300 pounds of dinner rolls, and 300 pounds of dessert.

Approximately 4,000 people attended the ninth annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles in downtown LA. It is expected that $ 100,000 will be raised for the Midnight Mission.

The field includes runners disguised as turkeys, pilgrims, and pies.

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In the North Hollywood Arts District, thousands of runners took part in Drumstick Dash LA, a 5K / 10K run. All proceeds will help Hope of the Valley provide over 500,000 hot meals for homeless men, women and children, organizers said.

All entrance fees for the fourth annual Rose Bowl Turkey Trot will go to the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, which aims to preserve, protect, and improve the Rose Bowl Stadium, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2022.

Other turkey trots take place in Claremont, Long Beach, Santa Clarita and Torrance.

The Laugh Factory in Hollywood is hosting their 41st annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner, with seating at 12 noon and 2 p.m. Vaccination certificate is required.

Comedians like Tiffany Haddish, Dane Cook and Craig Robinson will be attending, said Jamie Masada, owner of the Laugh Factory.

“Please invite everyone you know who is alone for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and a comedy for their soul,” Masada said. “We know that laughter is healing and we need laughter now more than ever after everything we’ve been through.”

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