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The Way Serves Thanksgiving Dinner To Over 1,500 People In San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- “It’s not about the food, it’s about human connection, feeling that they belong and included,” said The Way World Outreach Senior Pastor Marco Garcia.  “What’s missing in a lot of people’s lives are relationships, and we’re here to fill that gap and to show them they are loved.”

Garcia bent down and placed his hand on a woman’s shoulder to pray privately with her during the 12th annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Tuesday, November 22 where over 1,500 people gathered at The Way’s downtown mission in San Bernardino.

Nearly 500 volunteers bustled from the kitchen to the courtyard and main dining hall to dish and serve plates brimming with turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn and stuffing to the area’s underserved population.

According to Garcia, the volunteers gain as much, if not more, joy than the recipients.

“It’s a blessing to serve others and to feel that love and sense of family,” said Vanessa Miranda, celebrating 3 years of sobriety from a 12-year methamphetamine addiction with help from The Way.  “I am so thankful that I am healthy today and able to give back and show others that they are cared for.”  

A homeless mother and her two young children who found shelter by means of The Way two weeks prior to the Thanksgiving event were eager volunteers.  

“Her 10-year-old son told me how much joy he was getting through service to others and that he will never forget this experience,” Garcia said.  

Dozens of gift baskets filled with groceries were raffled away.  Winner Scott Collins, who lives at the Gibson House for Men battling drug addiction, gave his basket away to a stranger, Eddie Weaver, because he felt moved to do so.  Others followed suit.

That same sentiment of generosity, inclusion and connection was palpable amid the lively conversation and laughter among strangers bound by prayer and breaking bread.

“People aren’t looking for a handout, but a hand up,” Cuencas said.  “This event shows the nature of this community, one that comes together in communion, love and service.”

Justified Music Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner to Those in Need in the High Desert

VICTORVILLE, CA- On Thanksgiving Day, Recording Artist Justified connected the dots with Ronalds Fish Market in Victorville and served 200 residents with an awesome Thanksgiving Meal, all for free.

Ronald Butler, owner of RFM, stated that he wanted to show his appreciation to his customers and the community by serving up some excellent food by bringing a blessing to families of the High Desert. Justified, who has been well known for his HEAL THE VILLE efforts, was more than willing to step up and Co-sponsor this awesome act of giving back.

Justified and his daughters attended the situation and brought along his friends from Sunshine Face Painting to make balloon hats and distribute candy leis to the kids. Justified also gave away free advanced copies of his latest project “Man On A Mission”, including legendary features from E40, WC, Suga Free, AV LMKR, Blue Flame Mega, and more.

Overall, it was a successful event and Ronald says he’s looking forward to doing it even bigger next year. Justified’s next form of giving will be his “12 days of christmas giveaway” from December 13 to 25, where everyday one family will be blessed with a gift from justified and participating sponsors including Street Positive, LA Stereo, Yakety Yak Wireless, IMOB, and more. 

If you’re heart leads you to want to donate to Justified’s HEAL THE VILLE efforts, please visit Gofundme.com/healtheville

For more information and updates on Justified visit JUSTIFIEDMUSIC.NET and make sure to FOLLOW THE WINGS on Social Media. Twitter: @Darealjustified and Instagram: Justified_Smith. 

Business Brunch Babes Spreads Thanksgiving Cheer with Mothers in Action

bb5LOS ANGELES, CA- This past Thanksgiving, Business Brunch Babes joined Mothers in Action in its annual Thanksgiving initiative to feed the elderly. Taking place at Ward Villa Senior Complex in Los Angeles, neighborhood volunteers and organizations selflessly took time out of their holiday schedule to ensure that someone else’s Thanksgiving was filled will lots of food and love.

Mothers in Action’s 21st Annual Thanksgiving Day senior feed garnered volunteers like Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 8, Marqueece Harris-Dawson; Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 9, Curren D. Price; Calif. 59th District Assemblymember, Reggie Jones-Sawyer; Bank of America; Girl Scout Troop 1565; Vice President of the Inglewood School Board, Dr. Charliss McGhee; Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.; Business Brunch Babes; Jazzed Realty; Underground PR; Los Angeles Police Department; Doris Cares. A host of other individuals and organizations not only donated time, but also donated turkeys and additional items to make this initiative a success.

Volunteers worked hard to prepare food, serve dinner to the residents of Ward Villa Senior Complex and pack meals in “to go” boxes to deliver to the sick and shut-in throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas. As a result, Mothers in Action, along with its volunteers, served over one thousand senior citizens in Los Angeles County.