Holy Family and Community Give Out Over 500 Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Giving Bank volunteers give out Turkeys and all the fixings on the Monday before the big holiday

Dozens of volunteers and several of our South Pasadena Firefighters were on hand bright and early Monday morning to hand out over 500 donated turkeys along with all the fixings to families facing hardship at Thanksgiving. This has become a long standing tradition at Holy Family Giving Bank, which gives out groceries to those in need every Monday morning and also prepares sack lunches every day.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | South Pasadena Firefighters l-r: Captain Kris Saxon, Firefighter Paramedic Anthony Corrao, Engineer Mike Larkin and Engineer Kevin Hill do the heavy lifting early on Monday morning

Parish Life Director, Cambria Tortorelli, tells us “these are donations from the community of South Pasadena collected by the Boy Scouts this past Saturday and our parishioners donated hundreds of turkeys as well. So this is really a gesture from our parish community and a gesture of love and compassion from the entire South Pasadena community.” She goes on to explain “it’s one of the largest boy scout food drives in the country. They collected thousands of pounds of food from the community; they take collections in front of Vons too.” Tortorelli has been at Holy Family for nine years having come to us from Valley InterFaith Council where she was president and she is originally from Bermuda which, if you’ve ever wondered, is where her beautiful mid-Atlantic accent comes from.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Two young volunteers help carry turkeys out to waiting cars

Director of Community Services, Marlene Moore, gathered all the volunteers once everything was in place and each person offered up prayer to families, friends, those in need and suffering, to our first responders and military and finished with the Lord’s Prayer. Addressing the volunteers Moore said, “with the generosity of our parishioners and our community we exceeded our count of what we needed for turkeys and we exceeded last year, so go Holy Family Food Bank!”

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Hundreds of bags of Thanksgiving groceries waiting to be taken home

There were parish volunteers, young people, a group of special needs folks from a local school and South Pasadena Firefighters who handed out turkeys and helped people to their cars with their heavy groceries and big turkeys! The firefighters got a call about mid-way through the proceedings but returned quickly.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Parish Life Director Cambria Tortorelli on the left, City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe on far right with Father Denis Maher and a group of special needs students and their teacher who come to help out each week.

Volunteers from Trader Joe’s were also on hand, donating bread and other groceries. Trader Joe’s, along with Sprouts, donates food to the Food Bank every week and sends volunteers each week as well.

After so many years, they have a very smooth system and the general mood of both those who are giving of their time and those who are on the receiving end is one of love, brotherhood, compassion and joy.

Happy Thanksgiving indeed.

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Alisa Hayashida has been covering arts, culture, & events in the greater Pasadena Metro areas and Los Angeles Metro areas for the past six years. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theater arts. Since graduating from UC Irvine, her work has taken her from Los Angeles to India, London, Paris and throughout Europe. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son and has been a devout South Pasadenan for the past 25 years.

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