Someone has to clean up after feeding 5,000

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Thanksgiving dinner at home is great, until it’s time to do the dishes.

Imagine the clean-up involved if you’re feeding more than 5,000 appreciative diners, as the volunteers at Union Station Homeless Services do every Thanksgiving Day in Pasadena’s Central Park. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Union Station officials, while grateful for all the assistance they can get, note in their latest bulletin on “The Biggest Potluck in the Nation” that they are often short of volunteers for the last shift, from 1 to 4 p.m. Clean-up duties (breaking down tables and chairs, washing dishes, general pick-up) get underway as the diners finish their meals.

Additional volunteer opportunities:

Donate food. They’ll welcome fully cooked turkeys, hams, side dishes and desserts that have been safely prepared and are delivered in disposable aluminum containers.

Set up tables and chairs. This shift is from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Serve food and beverages: Hours are 11:30 to 2 p.m.

Central Park is on Raymond Avenue, between Green Street and Del Mar Boulevard. To volunteer, contact (626) 240-4550, ext. 103, or e-mail


Written by Carol Cormaci

November 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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