Union Station Seeking Volunteers to Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to Homeless

La Canada Flintridge Outlook

Union Station Foundation, a Pasadena-based agency serving poor and homeless men, women and families, will hold its annual “Thanksgiving Dinner-in-the-Park” on Thanksgiving Day. This community event brings a hearty meal and holiday cheer to all who attend, many of whom are homeless, senior citizens and families on limited incomes. Based on last years attendance, Union Station anticipates that it will serve more than 5,000 meals.

The event, held next Thursday at Central Park in Pasadena (corner of Del Mar Boulevard and Green Street, two blocks south of Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena).

Ten buffet lines will be set up, staffed with nearly 1,000 volunteers of all ages serving heaping plates of food. There are dining areas equipped with chairs, tables and decorations set up in the park, with special areas designated for the handicapped and senior citizens. There will be a play area for children with games led by volunteers and a pet station where guests can pick up food for their pets.

For nearly 30 years, Union Station Foundation has sponsored its annual Thanksgiving Dinner-in-The-Park at Central Park in Pasadena. Faithful supporters bring donated turkeys, hams, side dishes and desserts to the park. Thousands of volunteers are on hand to set up and decorate the park, accept drive-up food donations and serve the meals.

Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest private agency serving the poor and homeless men, women and families, providing more than 154,000 meals and nearly 30,000 nights of shelter per year. Union Station’s supportive services include career development and job placement, community healthcare, case management services, 12-step meetings, legal assistance, transitional housing and special programs from homeless families. More than 70% of Union Station clients have found stable housing after their stay with the agency. Learn more at www.unionstationhs.org.

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