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Donations sought for Thanksgiving feast

Posted: November 21, 2012 11:20 a.m.
Updated: November 21, 2012 11:20 a.m.

Preparing donated kids clothes is right up there with preparing the turkey and preparing the stuffing when it comes to this year’s Thanksgiving street party spearheaded by Shannon and Roger Hasper.

The annual event has grown exponentially over the past decade, from a “feast” set up behind the Hasper’s Newhall Bicycle shop to more than 3,000 people expected to attend this year’s “street party” dinner, said Shannon Hasper.

This year, people sharing in the event are invited to bring children’s clothes to the party.

“With the economy being what it is with families coping with multiple children, clothes are important,” she said.

“Clothes are just as big as the food — if not bigger,” Hasper said, referring to those who benefit from the donated items.

Every Thanksgiving the couple opens their hearts and the door of their business to neighbors and the hungry.

On Thanksgiving Day, an estimated 3,000 people are expected to fill Main Street south of Market Street for the Haspers’ annual Thanksgiving Feast party of dancing, helping and, of course, eating.

“We are taking donations of traditional (cooked) Thanksgiving foods, plus the guests really enjoy receiving free clothing, jackets, shoes, blankets, etc. for men, women and, of course, children,” Hasper said.

Last year, the Haspers added a new tradition to the dinner of putting a donation bin inside their Newhall Bicycle shop with the hope people will drop off donations for the “helpless and near homeless.”

Their encounter with people in need prompted them to try to provide.

Anyone in Newhall is likely to tell you that the Haspers already do quite a bit for the community.



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