LA Mission serves thousands of meals for Thanksgiving

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Homeless people on Skid Row got an early taste of Thanksgiving Wednesday. Volunteers, including some who live far from downtown L.A.'s streets, helped dish out a free sitdown meal outside the Los Angeles Mission. Hundreds of people waited in line for hours.

Live jazz music and an arc of orange balloons greeted Skid Row visitors as they sat down to a pre-Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings — turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie.

Myron McDuffie of Los Angeles says he’s enjoyed holiday meals at the L.A. Mission for 23 years. “It feels like when you come here, it’s like when Jesus was at Jerusalem. All these here lovely volunteers that they have here, greeting you with love and care. So it’s really like a personal thing, too.”

Volunteers helped to serve food. They also washed the dinner guests’ feet and distributed free tarps and blankets.

Kirk Douglas, Kim Kardashian, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other high-profile helpers pitched in. Mission leaders say this is the 75th year they’ve served meals for Thanksgiving. They estimate that about 3,500 people enjoyed the bounty.

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