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Charity Thanksgiving dinners, turkey giveaways planned for Southern California

November 24, 2009 |  8:27 am

Several charity Thanksgiving dinners and turkey giveways are planned today in Southern California, highlighted by a dinner tonight hosted by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Cardinal Roger Mahoney for 600 Para Los Ninos children and their families at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Villaraigosa will also give out turkeys and groceries this morning as part of the Jackson Limousine Service’s 23rd annual turkey dinner giveaway. The event begins at 8 a.m. at 3669 W. Slauson Ave. and more than 10,000 people are expected to attend. A line formed outside overnight.

City Councilmen Dennis Zine and Bernard Parks are expected to be on hand as officials from three taxi companies -- Yellow Cab, City Cab and United Checker Cab -- announce plans to donate 200 turkeys to various food banks and charity organizations. Parks will also donate turkeys to 8th District residents from his office at 8475 S. Vermont Ave. 

A Thanksgiving dinner is planned tonight at Los Angeles International Airport for more than 300 men and women serving in the armed forces. Ozzy Osbourne, boxer Carlos Palomino, Chivas USA goalkeeper Lane Parker and former Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo are expected to attend.

Through its Season of Sharing program, KTLA will be hosting a food drive today to collect 100,000 pounds of nonperishable food for L.A. and Orange counties. The drop-off locations are at participating Ralphs grocery stores and L.A. and Orange County fire departments. Last year, KTLA collected 87,500 pounds of food.

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: Quentella Robinson, 32 of Palmdale looks over her turkey she received at the 22nd annual Jackson Limousine Service Turkey Dinner Giveaway today. Robinson had been waiting in line since 5 p.m. Saturday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times