Giving thanks

Giving thanks

Councilwoman Robinson collecting canned goods for needy families

By André Coleman 10/25/2012

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Pasadena City Councilwoman Jacque Robinson will host a canned goods drive to help needy families this holiday season.   
Canned food can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Nov. 8 at Perry’s Joint, 2051 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena. The donated food will be distributed to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Last year, more than 100 Pasadena needy families received assistance, according to Robinson. 
 
“Most of us in Pasadena are so blessed in many ways, but there are plenty of families, seniors and others right in our own neighborhoods that need help and this is one way that is easy to give back to our community,” she said.
The donated canned food items will be divided up at Robinson’s office at City Hall and then delivered to Harambee Ministries, 1609 Navarro Ave., and the Pasadena Church, 404 E. Washington Blvd. The food will be distributed Thanksgiving Day.
 
“We have families in need, and we are doing our part to help them,” Robinson said.
 
Robinson is requesting candied and regular yams, green beans, stuffing mixes, croutons, cranberries and boxed macaroni and cheese. Soups, other canned vegetables and beans and boxed dried pastas are also needed.
 
The canned food drive adds to Pasadena’s efforts of taking care of the homeless and needy families during the holidays. For more than 35 years, Union Station Homeless Services has hosted an annual Dinners-in-the-Park on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, providing about 7,000 warm holiday meals for needy people.

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