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BEACHCOMBER: Police, Community Opens Hearts on Thanksgiving Day

  • By David Barron

It is just Thanksgiving, but the spirit of the holidays is spreading throughout the West San Gabriel Valley Communities.
There’s plenty of bad news in the national press, but locally, we are grateful for the wonderful people here who share their lives and food with others. The owners, writers and photographers of the Monterey Park Journal, West Valley Journal and wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

In the spirit of giving, Monterey Park Police Officer’s Association members delivered three turkey dinner baskets to families who were in need throughout the city on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
The association is an independent association of officers who work for the Monterey Park Police Department. The photos here show Detective Guevara, Agent. Iglesias, Agent Escarsega, Officer Vasquez and Officer Orate delivering food to the families.
Del Mar High School Principal Lon Sellers reported that the 65 students gathered at two long decorated tables on the campus black top and enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal together.
The teachers cooked all the food and even served it to their students, giving many of them a positive family experience and a home cooked meal they might not otherwise have this holiday season.
At Rosemead High School, students there made 3,452 peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches for homeless people. The sandwiches in sealed plastic bags were delivered to three homeless shelters to help provide an addition to the Thanksgiving dinner.
Last week about 330 runners and walkers came bright and early to Vincent Lugo Park on Saturday to participate in the city’s 40th Annual Turkey Trot. Participants had the option to run a 5K or 10K or walk a 5K. Younger children were invited to run in the 1K Youth Fun Run.
From November 27 through Dec. 14, Monterey Park Firefighters will be collecting new unwrapped toys and distributing them to the underserved children in the community. To make toy donation, you can drip toys at any of the city fire stations.
The toy Drive is part of the “Spark of Love Toy Drive.”
For those of you that want to start your holiday calendar, there are plenty of special events happening in the West Valley Community.
Monterey Park will host a Holiday Party and Snow Village on Friday, December 4, Barnes. Starting at 6 p.m. the event will feature man-made snow and holiday songs by choirs from local schools. Santa Claus is also schedule to make an appearance.

NOTE FROM EDITORS: If you or your organization are planning a holiday event, please send details by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will feature them in upcoming editions of our website and newspaper

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