Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeremy Lin and Ed Davis, and the Lakers Girls rolled up their sleeves on Tuesday to help distribute food boxes to 300 families at The Salvation Army Inglewood Citadel Corps, 324 Queen Street.
The Lakers, East West Bank and The Salvation Army teamed up to ensure that deserving Inglewood residents could partake in the annual holiday feast of turkeys, pies and all of the classic holiday trimmings.
This marks the 7th year The Salvation Army Inglewood Citadel Corps, along with their various community partners, have hosted the “Miracle on Manchester” food distribution event. Since the annual event first began it has given more than 8,000 families the gift of a Thanksgiving meal.
A representative said in a statement, “The Salvation Army Inglewood Citadel Corps is proud to partner with the Los Angeles Lakers, East West Bank, Food Finders, and the Rotary Club of Inglewood, whose lead gift of needed food staples for each food box helped make the event a reality.”
It was the second Thanksgiving food event in Inglewood. Hip hop star Snoop Dogg joined Mayor Butts and council members earlier that day to feed around 800 families at the Forum.
The “granddaddy” of annual Thanksgiving giveaways took place in downtown Los Angeles. More than 4,000 people were invited in off the streets of Skid Row on Saturday to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal at Union Rescue Mission.
The 800-bed shelter hosts the feast each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to provide a free, home-like dining experience and sense of belonging for L.A. area homeless residents.
During the 2013 holiday season The Salvation Army in Southern California provided more than 290,000 meals to individuals in need. Delivering food to the hungry is just one of the social services made possible this Christmas season, when money is donated to The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles stationed at storefronts throughout the city.
For more information on The Salvation Army in Southern California, visit www.salvationarmy-socal.org. To help a hungry family in need in your community, contribute to red kettles or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.