IN PICTURES: Central Long Beach residents treated to Thanksgiving turkeys, meals

Central Long Beach community members were treated to free Thanksgiving meals and turkeys just days before the holiday thanks to the efforts of local leaders and volunteers.

On Saturday, Long Beach nonprofit Local Hearts Foundation, in partnership with skateboard company Diamond Supply, gave away over 1,000 turkeys and 3,000 products at MacArthur Park, according to Tito Rodriguez, the nonprofit’s founder.

Rodriguez said it was the biggest event to date.

On Monday, 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews held his annual Serving with a Thankful Heart banquet at McBride Park.

Volunteers included leaders including Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Police Chief Robert Luna and acting city manager Tom Modica.

The annual event included two sittings, lunch and dinner, and involved a hotel-quality banquet thanks to partners like the Hilton and Hyatt hotels.

Volunteers pose for a photo in between serving Thanksgiving meals to Central Long Beach families during Councilman Dee Andrews’ annual Serving with a Thankful Heart event at McBride Park on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

Community members eat Thanksgiving meals during Councilman Dee Andrews’ annual Serving with a Thankful Heart event at McBride Park on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

Volunteers helped serve Thanksgiving meals to Central Long Beach families during Councilman Dee Andrews’ annual Serving with a Thankful Heart event at McBride Park on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

Volunteers of all ages helped serve Thanksgiving meals to Central Long Beach families during Councilman Dee Andrews’ annual Serving with a Thankful Heart event at McBride Park on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Rivera.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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