Brenda Marsh-Mitchell, president of Mothers in Action, confer with volunteers including Councilman Bernard Parks and Assemblyman Isadore Hall. Photo by Jason Lewis
The Sentinel, Watts Times and Mothers in Action came together with local politicians, celebrity and organizations to give a Happy Thanksgiving to our elders.
By Brian W. Carter
Sentinel Staff Writer
On Thanksgiving Day, Mothers in Action (MIA), and Ward Villa Senior Complex along with California Assembly members, Isadore Hall and Mike Davis, Senator Curren Price, councilmembers, Pastors, community organizations, celebrities and businesses came together to feed senior citizens at the 15th Annual Ward Villa Senior Complex Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
The annual Thanksgiving event began in the 1995 in conjunction with Ward Villa Senior Complex, which was developed by WARD A.M.E, in the University Park apartment complex. Brenda Marsh-Mitchell, President of MIA, continues the tradition of feeding the seniors and bringing Thanksgiving meals to family tables within the community and the Greater Los Angeles area.
“I’m very grateful that people came out and showed their love and their care on Thanksgiving Day,” said Marsh-Mitchell. “It was more so for the people helping as much as the recipients. A lot of times, we don’t know how things are until we walk in another person’s shoes.”
The Brotherhood Crusade, Bakewell Family Foundation, and the Ward Economic Development Corporation sponsored the annual feast. Council members Jan Perry, Bernard Parks and his wife, Bobbie Parks, Herb and his wife, Fabian Wesson, helped serve and deliver meals on Thanksgiving. Pastors Joseph Nixon of WARD AME and Joseph Hamilton of One Church in Christ were also came and lent their support at the dinner. Kaj Goldberg of KCAL 9 and CBS 2 news spoke with Marsh-Mitchell and Jackie Dupont Walker, Director of Ward Economic Development Corporation, Councilmembers Parks and Perry about the community event. They spoke on the importance of giving back to the community and on the coming together of all these entities to bring joy during the holiday season.
Assemblyman Hall was busy on the assembly line, the food line, preparing meals to go out throughout the L.A. area. Fabian Wesson came to receive and deliver meals to homes. Many volunteers and organizations turned out to help with the special day. Among these organizations were members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Psi Lambda Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc, along with a host of youth and members of the Americorp.
“The event was wonderful,” said Victoria Fear, Americorp Media Representative, Team Blue 7. “It was so great to see so many people come out for a common cause and we were so glad to part of the hustle-bustle. It just had a great energy and everyone was so thankful. It was a great way to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday.”
This Thanksgiving turned out to be an especially blessed one. Thanks to the effort and help of everyone involved, we were able to feed 250 seniors at the complex! And, due to the help of volunteer drivers, 800 meals were delivered both locally and in the Greater Los Angeles area!
“You look at a house, some houses we go to, you see a fence, grass, nice and neat on every corner, you go in the house and there’s nothing there-no love, no family, no friends, no food,” said Marsh-Mitchell. “So, a lot of times, the only person they see is a volunteer that’s coming, that is taking time out of their family life to share-that’s the magnificent blessing as far as I’m concerned.”
The Sentinel, Watts Times and MIA would like to thank our Assemblymen, councilmembers, Senator Price, Jackie Dupont Walker, director of the Ward Economic Development Corporation, Willis Edwards, community organizer, Cashimier Smith, catering consultant for Glory Foods, Pastors of WARD AME and One Church in Christ, Americorp, Brotherhood Crusade, Bakewell Family Foundation, actress Beverly Todd, Alpha Phi Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho, the Sentinel and Watt Times staff, Mel’s Fish, Shabazz Fish and Grill, Cobbler Lady, Cobbler King, the Ice Cream Sundae Divas, the Walker Family and the countless volunteers, young and old, for the time, effort, love and dedication that made this Thanksgiving a warm one for the seniors at Ward Villa Senior Complex and families around L.A. THANK YOU!!!
A special thanks goes out to the cooks and Chef Marilyn who prepared and cooked a Thanksgiving feast for all who were hungry, THANK YOU GUYS!!!