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Missions serve thousands on Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
It was a Thanksgiving day celebration at the Midnight Mission Thursday as thousands of needy families received a full turkey dinner. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was on hand to serve the feast. "This is an opportunity for us to say thank you, to put as much effort in the giving as we do the thanks," he said.

The need in Southern California is obvious and growing, but unfortunately donations to the missions are down.

"We are down almost 30 percent in contributions but yet the need is up over 15 percent," said Tom Jordan with Fred Jordan Mission downtown.

That mission had to dig deeply into it's own pockets to feed the 3,000 people expected, but what they lacked in cash they made up for in volunteers.

"America is in crisis but over 2,000 people are giving back to reach out and touch the life and touch the soul," said Jordan.

Families also went home with boxes of food and a bundle of warm clothes, thanks to Pastor Ray Fico. He said he remembers almost being homeless himself and has dedicated his life to giving to those in need.

"I've been doing this for 40 years. I'm 92 years old."


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