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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving Volunteers Still Needed

Volunteers are needed to set up, serve and cook for the 16th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner serving Malibu day labor workers and those in need. The event is cosponsored by Malibu United Methodist Church and the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue.
Home-cooked hot food can be brought to Malibu Methodist Church from 9 am - 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Drinks, non-perishable desserts, paper goods and decorations can be dropped off on Nov. 21. Event organizers are also seeking donations of personal care items to fill gift bags. Donations can be dropped off by Nov. 19.
“As you know, this dinner grows every year, providing food and personal care items for hundreds of people, along with a wonderful opportunity for Malibu children and families to engage in service in our local community,” writes Cindy Vandor, one of the event organizers. 
“All the food is prepared and donated by Malibu locals and we always worry will we have enough.”
“It’s a tall order asking people to cook a turkey or a ham and every year, there seems to be so much more need, yet every year our remarkable community comes through!”
 “We’re always in need of home-cooked food and will give community service hours for cooking,” Vandor says. “And of course, we [need] lots of volunteers on Thanksgiving Day, serving food, helping with children’s activities, and cleaning up.” 
“We also prepare about 300 gift bags filled with personal care items to distribute to our guests,” Vandor added. “There are collection boxes at the schools or donations may be dropped off at Malibu Methodist Church by Monday, Nov. 19th.
Suggested gift bag donation items include personal care products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, lotion, soap, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, shaving cream and razors, tissues, combs and packs of diapers.
Malibu youth are invited to help decorate and organize gift bags on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Malibu Methodist Church, from 2-5 p.m.
Home cooked, hot food should be brought to Malibu Methodist Church from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Prospective volunteers are encouraged to contact volunteer coordinator or 310-589-5508; food and supply donation coordinator, or 310-505-2749; gift bag donations coordinator,, or 818-991-3287.

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