By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star, January, 2010
At holiday time, people who didn’t have the family connections or resources for a conventional Thanksgiving found that there was a place at the table for them.
The Hollywood Senior Center provided such a dinner for 30 people. The food was contributed by the Wy’east Unitarian Universalist Congregation and others (“I myself cooked two turkeys,” Center director Amber Kern-Johnson says), and was served by young volunteers from Rosemary Anderson High School.
“We wanted this to be a real Thanksgiving experience for seniors who don’t have family,” Kern-Johnson said. “We wanted it to be a real Thanksgiving event. For some who attended, it was the first Thanksgiving they’d had in years.”
It was one of many efforts to include those less fortunate in this holiday. Grace Presbyterian Church, home base of the Cully Association of Neighbors, fed 130 people, aided by the donation of 19 turkeys from the Albertson’s Market a block away. Manager Sean Guffey, in turn, gave credit to donations from his customers for this purpose.