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500 Dinners for 500 Families

Danny Glover and Bobby Jackson are teaming up to help feed hungry families. All over our region, families are faced with the possibility of spending the holidays without a holiday meal. This weekend, 500 single-parent families have the opportunity to receive a free holiday meal.

On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Country Club Plaza. Along with Glover and Jackson will be TV personality Mark S. Allen, distributing meals for each family will be able to take home and enjoy. Meals include turkey, green beans, stuffing, and other side dishes. The meals will have to be cooked at a later time by the families who receive them.

According to Diana Erwin, representative for Deon Taylor Enterprises, the organization spearheading the event, families will have the chance to take their pictures with Glover, Jackson and other local celebrities on the red carpet as they enter the building. The event will be filmed by Deon Taylor Enterprises, who is also spearheading the event in correlation with The Bobby Jackson Foundation, Tree of Hope Funding, KSFM 102.5 FM and Country Club Plaza.

"This event is a chance for families to feel beloved… real special." Erwin said.

The event will feature live music provided by KSFM 102.5 and a special holiday performance by students from Elk Grove Montessori School.

Donations are still being accepted for the event. Canned goods such as corn, yams, peas, green beans and cranberry sauce are in high demand. To donate, food or cash, please call Deon Taylor Enterprises at 916-448-2388.

"With so many people struggling, we want to fill the gap," Erwin said. "This is a last-minute opportunity for people to get into the holiday spirit."

There is also still space available for single-parent families to sign up to receive a holiday meal. The families are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible through the Roberts Development Center 916-646-6631 or Travelers Aid 916-399-9646.

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