Pasadena charity invites volunteers to help feed thousands on Christmas day

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If you’re sweating the details for a big meal you’re planning this holiday, just imagine what it’s like to serve a few thousand very hungry people. That's what Pasadena's largest homeless services organization is doing on Christmas day.

Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena is getting ready for its “Christmas-Dinner-in-the-Park” — a 30-year tradition. Spokeswoman Dana Bean says she still needs volunteers, and food.

"We invite people to either prepare a ham at home and drop it off or they can prepare side dishes. We recommend that they safely prepare their side dishes in a disposable aluminum container. And we’re in need of mashed potatoes without gravy, scalloped potatoes, corn, peas, green beans, and salad."

Bean says volunteers will begin accepting dishes Christmas morning at Pasadena’s Central Park. The meal is at noon. Information about cooking and volunteering on Christmas day is on the organization's website: unionstationhs.org.