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Calif. Officer's Assn. to Give Out Thanksgiving Meal to Fifty Needy Families

By Jackson Bell, Los Angeles Times

NORTHEAST GLENDALE, Calif. - Janet Mejia was grateful the Glendale Police Officer's Assn. decided again to spread goodwill this year with a Thanksgiving meal giveaway to needy families.

"It's very kind that the police did this for the community," said Mejia, a Glendale resident who has two children. "This is the first year in my life that I will get a free turkey."

Tuesday morning marked the sixth year the police association handed out frozen turkey, complete with Thanksgiving dinner trimmings, on the front steps of the Glendale Police Station, 131 N. Isabel St.

The families were chosen by police officers who came in contact with the needy families throughout the year, and through programs like Cops for Kids, said traffic Sgt. Lewie Guay, who spearheaded the annual event.

"Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful in life for what you can do for someone or what someone can do for you," Guay said. "We are proud to reach out to the community and make Thanksgiving day special for someone."

Participating families walked away with frozen turkeys and all the trimmings, including vegetables, stuffing, potatoes and cranberries.

Fifty families were invited to take home turkey dinner bags. Any leftover from no-shows will be donated to the Salvation Army, Guay said.

The police association raised the money for the event through fundraisers and donations from businesses and residents. To contribute money for next year's Thanksgiving dinner giveaway, call Wendy Wojnarowski, the association's office manager, at 246-9053.

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