jueves, noviembre 19

Gobble Gobble Give (Thanksgiving For All!)

Hi friends-

Here's some information on the 11th annual "Gobble Gobble Give" event at the Echo. There are many levels of help you can provide for GGG whether it be donations of clothing or blankets, donation of time, or donation of foods. If you're interested in how this works &/or how you can help please keep reading!

please invite your big-hearted friends!

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It started with one person, Echo Park resident Barry Walker, who cooked and delivered Turkey Day meals to the homeless in his neighborhood... and now a group of friends in Echo Park have shown up to help cook and deliver meals for the past 10 years – the first year, 28 homeless were fed! The next year more showed up and over fifty meals went out. The following year, we reached the 100 mark and last year we were able to feed over 1,500 homeless in our neighborhood and leave them with t-shirts, beanies, shoes, sweaters, and tooth brush kits. Gobble Gobble Give is a community event and has become an incredible example of what a community can do to make change.

Here is a short video clip of what we do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUEc2nUm5w4

Gobble Gobble Give is looking for volunteers on every level who can give food, money, or clothing and those who can donate their time this upcoming Thanksgiving day by cooking, warming, packaging and delivering food to the homeless in Echo Park and Downtown LA. Every little bit helps those in need, so show some love and give a friend a reason to be thankful.

Click here to donate money to Gobble Gobble Give for supplies and food: http://www.gobblegobblegive.org/donate.php
**GGG is a 501c3 non-profit, so your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

Click here to donate your time on Thanksgiving Day:

GGG is also taking DONATIONS IN ADVANCE of clothing (specifically, gently used sweaters, jackets, shirts, socks, shoes, beanies/hats for men, women, children), blankets, and supplies for toiletry kits toothbrush/toothpaste, soap and shampoo. All clothing, supplies and toiletries can dropped off in advance this Saturday, Nov 21st and Sunday, Nov 22nd from 12-4 PM at Raven Spa (2910 Rowena Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039-2042 / ph: 323-644-0240)


Here's the rundown on how THANKSGIVING DAY will work:

Everyone arrives at 10 a.m. SHARP Thanksgiving morning at The Echo night club in Echo Park. The address is 1822 Sunset Bl. 90026.

Everyone is asked to bring the following:
1. A DISH. "ALREADY HEATED" This is a potluck event. It can be as little as a side of vegetables or it can be three large bowls of your grandma's famous "cranberry walnut stuffing". We can always use Turkeys and main course items. Side dishes are great as well. Veggies, Veggies, Veggies. Mashed potatoes, yams, vegetables, greens, etc. Of course desserts are always awesome. If you are bringing a main dish like an entire turkey or ham etc. please email us at turkeycrew@gobblegobblegive.org and let us know so we can tabulate what we need as we get closer to the big day.

2. FIVE (5) SMALL TOILETRY KITS. that include a: toothbrush/toothpaste, soap and shampoo. You can get these items very inexpensively at $0.99 stores.

3. CLOTHING AND BLANKETS. Please bring any used blankets and/or gently used sweaters, jackets, shirts, socks, shoes, beanies/hats for men, women, children.

At 10:15 we begin a large "conveyor Belt" of food and with the help of everyone we put the meals together. We box them up together with care packages of tooth brushes, soap, clothes, etc..

At around 11: 00 a.m. the first vehicles begin to roll out. For those of you who have a car and want to drive you will be known as drivers. We will put a few people in your car with you and you will go out in two or three car teams. We hit the riverbeds, the alleys, the freeway overpasses. sometimes we discover small villages of people in dirt fields and empty lots. The vehicles return after delivering all the meals. We are always done by 1:00 p.m..

Here are definitions of the positions:

Early Birds ... The day officially starts at 10:00 a.m. but there is a few of us who need to get there early to set things up, warm up the ovens, put tables up, etc... We are there as early as 7:30 a.m. If you are available and want to join us you are welcome.

Kitchen Crew ... for heating and warming and carving and slicing. There is always work to do in the kitchen. It's one of the messier jobs so we all roll up our sleeves. We have aprons and gloves. This is the nucleus of the event.

Conveyor Belt Crew ... this is where it all goes down. There are about 100 people on both sides of a very long table putting food into "take out" containers. Napkins, plastic ware, etc. It's kind of like working in the Army slop line I figure (but not as serious) and the food is a whole lot better.

Boxers ... these are the people that handle the meals after they get off the conveyor belt. They put the meals with all the extras like clothes, waters, cleaning supplies and toothbrushes. This is the last stop before the meals go out.

Vehicle Coordinators ... we need a few people to stand outside and direct the vehicles as they pull in to fill up with the goods. Kind of like being a traffic cop but a lot cooler.

Drivers ... These are people that want to drive. We will fill your car with meals and other volunteers. You will go out in two or three car teams. We will coordinate an area with you that we think will be most effective. If you have friends they can go in your car of course. When you are out of meals you come back.

Cleaners ... Every year we ask a small crew to stay behind with some of us and help put the "Echo" back to normal. It's not that hard because everyone pitches in. But being the most unglamorous job it is very appreciated.

Warmers ... We give you a turkey the night before and you bring it "cooked and warm" on the day of. Warmers are really cool.

It is not imperative that you specify your position in advance. Just keep in mind what it is that you want to do when you arrive. It will help us get you right in to the action. Early birds just arrive early.

We can also use people that want to get involved the few days leading up to the event. If this is you just go to the website (http://www.gobblegobblegive.org) and hit "contact us" or email turkeycrew@gobblegobblegive.org

*****We are having our final planning meeting on Tuesday, November 24th at 7:00 PM at Raven Spa (2910 Rowena Ave Los Angeles, CA 90039-2042 / ph: 323-644-0240). If you would like to help us out in the last few days before the event, have some last minute ideas, or want to just get more info on the day, please come to this meeting! ******



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