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Bethany Baptist Holds Thanksgiving Giveaway
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Religion Editor
Published November 22, 2017

Jimmy Valentine of Bethany (left) and Hrag Hamalin of Bright Star pose with Audubon Middle School students Trineka Wade, Denzel Wade and Denson Wade. (Photo by Ian Foxx)

More than 120 families received a complete dinner at the annual Thanksgiving Giveaway sponsored by Bethany Baptist Church of West Los Angeles and the Baldwin Bethany Community Development Corporation.

Bethany Pastor L.A. Kessee and Outreach Coordinator Rod Miles were on hand for the event. (photo by Ian Foxx)

The outreach event, held Nov. 18 on the church campus, was presented in collaboration with Dr. George McKenna and LAUSD District 1, which selected students and families from Coliseum, Audubon, Hillcrest, and Baldwin Hills schools to receive food boxes filled with turkey, dressing and other ingredients for a full holiday meal.

The Men of Bethany (MOB) formed an assembly line to pack
the turkeys and food items in the boxes for the giveaway. (photo by Ian Foxx)

Several contributors donated items for the giveaway including City Council President Herb Wesson of District 10, Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas of District 54, Los Angeles World Airports, Bright Star Charter School, UCLA Science Project and members of the Bethany Baptist Church of West Los Angeles.

Bethany members register parents of the students who were selected to participate in the outreach program. (photo by Ian Foxx)

Rod Miles, coordinator of Bethany’s Outreach Programs, said the church was pleased to help families enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and will continue its long history of sharing with others. “This program started with our organizing pastor, the Rev. Dr. Rocellia Johnson, who passed the baton to our senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. L.A. Kessee, who wants to move us to the next level in the area of outreach.”

Bethany Baptist Church of West Los Angeles and the Baldwin Bethany CDC are located at 4115 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Los Angeles. For information, call (323) 296-7223.

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