By Brian W. Carter | LA sentinel
On Thursday, November 28, Mothers In Action (MIA) and Ward EDC will hold their 24th Annual Thanksgiving Day Senior Feed at Ward Villas—and will be there rain or shine!
Now, at 23 years in, the ongoing partnership with Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker of Ward Villas Senior Complex continues to bring Thanksgiving dinner to seniors and the sick and shut-in throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Mitchell has noted every year how she is amazed and humbled by the “generosity of the host of volunteers, community partners, sponsors and donors that gave their time, talent and treasure to make a difference in the lives of the seniors, sick and shut-in residents that benefitted from this highly anticipated event.”
MIA’s Thanksgiving is truly something special to behold every year as elected officials, celebrities, law enforcement, and organizations come together to serve the elders in the community. It truly is a heart-warming to see everyone working together from the food assembly line, to serving seniors and their families in the main hall, to seeing cars and vans pull up to receive food to take around the Southland.
Last year saw over 1,000 meals distributed with 200 meals served at Ward Villas and over 800 meals delivered.
“This is just one of the ways that the legacy of our visionary and late founding president of MIA, Brenda Marsh -Mitchell lives on” said Mitchell. Thanksgiving at Ward Villas was started by the late Marsh Mitchell and Lillian Mobley in 1995 to give seniors a holiday meal, who are surprisingly forgotten or neglected during the holiday season.
This years’ turkeys were donated by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilmembers Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson and The Hutt Group.
Each recipient receives a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings in a recyclable bag, a Thanksgiving card and a special letter letting them know who sponsored the meal.
A special thanks continually goes out to MIA media partner, Bakewell Media, who make sure everyone who receives a meal, receives a Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper. A special thank you to Chef Marilyn, who’s catering has received rave reviews from all who were fortunate enough to receive a meal.
Sponsors, donors and partners include: Danny J. Bakewell Sr, Chairman of Bakewell Company & Executive Publisher of Los Angeles Sentinel and LA Watts Times, The Brotherhood Crusade, Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson, Council President Herb Wesson, Bakewell Media, Holman, Los Angeles Sentinel, LA Watts Times, Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, Yvonne Wheeler, KROST-KBKG, RSP Insurance and The Bunkley Family just to name a few.
“Mothers In Action is very appreciative of the outpouring of donations of turkeys, monetary support, cards, soda, water, recyclable bags and other supplies,” said Mitchell. “Our mission to improve the quality of life for the underserved children and families in South Los Angeles could not be achieved without the love, support and generosity of our community partners, sponsors, donors and volunteers.”