At Project Angel Food, every day is Thanksgiving as the ongoing goodwill of donors and volunteers make it possible to continue delivering medically tailored meals to those most in need of physical and emotional sustenance.
However, on November 28, 2019 (the day nationally recognized as Thanksgiving), Project Angel Food opened its gates at 5 a.m. to a few team members, lots of rain, and the one and only Gayle Anderson and her stellar KTLA crew.
Preparations began immediately to document Thanksgiving Day—as it transpires at Project Angel Food—and receive 25 volunteers (more than twice as many as we usually have!) at 6 a.m. Within an hour the group swelled to an all-time high of 80. Among these early risers were Councilmember David Ryu; artist and performer Charo; satirist Al Yankovic with his wife Suzanne and daughter Nina; Angel Awards honoree Jami Heidegger with daughters Hannah and Nicoletta; 20-year volunteer Beth Goldfard-Jackson and her husband Scott; reality TV star Josh Flagg, Sufe Bradshaw, Lisa Foxx, Laura Pierson, Peter Porte, board member Natalia Safran, Lawrence Zarian, and actress Marissa Jaret Winokur. Some came to celebrate by creating a new family tradition of volunteering, some to heal through service from recent loss, some to honor past clients and current donors, but all unified by their desire and efforts to prepare and deliver hot meals, compassion, and pie to hundreds of clients and their guests.
A second wave of volunteers arrived at 10AM to make deliveries, bringing the volunteer count to more than 120 and including Mercedes ‘MJ’ Javid of Shahs of Sunset, Jaicy Elliot of Grey’s Anatomy, and Victoria Konefal from Days of Our Lives. They scooted out the door in the pouring rain to deliver meals to clients like Leo S. who called later in the day to say, “Oh, Lord, you people are amazing. God’s peace and blessings to you and your volunteers.”
There are no words sufficient to express our gratitude to the volunteers who have helped and continue to help us deliver Thanksgiving 365 days a year. An extra special thanks to the Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation and sisters Jill and Janis who not only volunteered in the kitchen, but also sponsored this year’s Thanksgiving Day hot meal deliveries.
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