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Holiday provides volunteer options

Posted: November 19, 2012 2:43 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2012 2:43 p.m.

Thanksgiving week provides ample opportunity for Santa Clarita Valley residents who wish to help the less fortunate for the holiday.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley in Canyon Country, Salt Creek Grille will cook up a feast Tuesday followed by dancing and an open microphone for residents to express what they are thankful for.

Valencia Water Co., the Santa Clarita Auto Dealers Association and residents contributed enough turkeys to feed about 400 people from the club and another 100 clients from Single Mothers Outreach, as well as send baskets to other club members, said Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club.

The meal will be hosted from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Sierra Vista clubhouse. To attend or donate food, call 661-254-2582.

Seniors at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center will sit back and relax on Thanksgiving Day as volunteers dole out enough fixings to put them in a post-turkey stupor for two days.

Hosted by the Santa Clarita and Castaic Lions clubs and the William S. Hart Union High School District, the third annual feast begins at 10 a.m. and sends diners home with a meal for Friday.

The event meets a special need since the center is closed for regular business on Thursday and Friday this week.
More than 300 hundred people will be served, and two ready-to-eat meal baskets will be delivered to homebound seniors by volunteers from the clubs and community.

To make a reservation or help out, call 661-259-9444.

Meals meet wheels at the Newhall Bicycle Company’s eighth annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With help from the city of Santa Clarita, Main Street in Newhall shuts down to accommodate the event, and families bustle in carrying loads of home-cooked specialties.

The event hinges solely on community support and donations, drawing from individuals, local businesses and grocery stores, said Roger Hasper, owner of the bike store.

“Each year, there are two unknown variables. We never know who is going to bring what and how many people are going to show up to eat it,” Hasper said. “It’s pretty nerve-wracking.”

The number of Thanksgiving guests doubles each Thanksgiving and last year reached a record 2,000 diners, Hasper said.

About 50 turkeys and 30 hams are donated throughout the course of the meal, Hasper said.

“I really have lost count. It’s an amazing amount of food,” Hasper said.

Residents can also donate gently used clothes, toys, books and other items in the spirit of giving, Hasper said.
To donate cooked food or to volunteer, contact 661-284-6187.

Residents who plan to spend Thanksgiving Day at home or with family can still provide food and comfort for community members in need through local food drives:

- Members of LARC Ranch and its Aktion Club are hosting a food drive at the Pavilions on McBean Parkway in Valencia today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drive will benefit Single Mothers Outreach.

- During the 10th annual “Bag-A-Ticket” event at Six Flags Magic Mountain, residents can trade a full bag of non-perishable food for free admission to the park on Wednesday. Food will be collected from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Call 661-255-4111 for more information.




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