Volunteers pitch in to provide early Thanksgiving for Boys & Girls Clubs

Volunteers and donors are already working to provide a happy Thanksgiving for members of the Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs, according to Oscar Hernandez, director of Operations for the Long Beach Clubs.
Students in the culinary-arts department at Long Beach City College have been reporting to the kitchen as early as 5am to prepare turkeys and all the trimmings for several Club celebrations starting this week. The Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs operate in 14 locations throughout the city, and it’s a longstanding tradition to invite Club members and their families for a full Thanksgiving meal.
“Many of our members come from single-parent homes, and it’s a struggle for some of them to provide a holiday meal,” Hernandez said. “Everyone likes to share the holidays with their families, and the Boys & Girls Clubs are like family for many of our kids.”
Several donors helped sponsor the meals, including Shamrock Foods and Choura Catering, which donated turkeys and trimmings. The Westin Long Beach provided utensils and paper goods, and Coca-Cola donated drinks. The Moe Foundation donated funds to purchase additional food. Chef Frank Madrigal and his students have been getting up early to begin cooking the meals, then returning in the afternoon to re-heat the food for serving at the Clubs.
The Downtown Long Beach Lions Club, TABC, the Boeing Co. and G.J. Properties are among the groups volunteering to serve the meals.
“Chef Frank and the students are coming in before classes and donating their time, which means a lot to us,” Hernandez said.

Source: LB Boys & Girls Clubs

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