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Thanksgiving meals offered locally


This year’s 34th Annual Jackson Turkey & Grocery Giveaway will go on as planned on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. at 3669 Slauson Ave. There is still a great need for donations and volunteers. For details, visit

A number of organizations are planning events as well.

City of Refuge offers a free meal Nov. 22 from 12-4 p.m. at the church, 14527 S. San Pedro Gardena, (310) 516-1433.

First AME Church will provide food for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 19 from 6:30 a.m. to noon at 2249 S. Harvard Food will be available for Christmas Dec. 17 from 6:30 a.m. to noon.

Holman United Methodist Church will provide food as part of its regular eating program. Individuals must call 2-1-1 by Monday, Wednesday or Friday 8:30 to get your name on the list and be prepared to pick up the food between 1 and 3 p.m. For info, call (323) 731-7285.

Peace Chapel Church offers a Thanksgiving community feast from  1-3:30 p.m. Nov. 20 featuring food, entertainment, games and more. Free to the public until the food is gone. 7622 S. Avalon Blvld.

Transfiguration Church through its St. Vincent De Paul society will give out food 9-11 a.m.

(323) 292-0781

St. Brigid Catholic Church, 5214 S. Western Ave. will feature a free Thanksgiving dinner following the 10 a.m. mass.

The recent and untimely death of E.J. Jackson, owner of Jackson’s Limousine Service, brought together some of the area’s best known coomunity leaders and business people and of course longtime friends and family.

The memorial service was held Monday at Crenshaw Christian Center.

Known for his charitable heart, EJ,  passed away on Nov. 1, following a heart attack. He was 66. His body was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.

Among the attendees were Congresswoman Maxine Waters, former Congresswoman Diane Watson, Inglewood Mayor James Butts, and actors Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett Jr., Dawnn Lewis and Hal Williams. Also in attendance were Apostle Frederick K.C. Price and Dr. Betty R. Price.

Tavis Smiley started off the procession of speakers by telling how Jackson held on to his company when other larger companies tried to swallow him up, and how he gave “brothers” work when nobody else would give them an opportunity. Many of Jackson’s employees were from the streets, and several were ex-cons.

It was noted time and again how Jackson aided those who were down and out. But he was perhaps best known for his annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, which included several other accompaniments for a full holiday meal. The giveaways began in 1982 as a way to aid needy senior citizens. Last year’s giveaway was reported at more than 12,000.