Thousands of volunteers will purchase, prepare and serve 2,500 meals, and give away thousands of toys at Union Station Homeless Services' annual Dinner-in-the-Park on Christmas Day. Meal recipients will include homeless adults and families, senior citizens, and those who are alone at the holidays or unable to afford a holiday meal. All who are hungry may come to eat.
"The number of people Union Station helps and the services they provide are impressive, and I'm honored to be a part of it," said actor Eric McCormack, who has volunteered for Union Station's Dinner-in-the-Park events for more than five years.
Christmas Dinner-in-the-Park features Santa's Village, where every low-income or homeless child will receive at least one Christmas gift.
Central Park, Pasadena, Raymond Avenue
Dayton St. and Del Mar Blvd
The community is invited to donate new unwrapped toys for children of all ages. Donated toys should be delivered to Union Station's Adult Center at 412 S. Raymond Ave. from 7am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. All toys should be dropped off by noon on December 23. Gifts for junior high and high school age children are especially needed. Volunteers are needed to cook and donate large quantities of food prior to the event. Groups that can cook 15 or more hams, or side dishes that will feed at least 20 people, are requested to call (626) 240-4550 x 542.
On Christmas Day: Community members can drop of fully cooked hams, side dishes and desserts (safely prepared in disposable aluminum containers) at the corner of Fair Oaks and Del Mar, 9:30 - 11:00 am on the morning of the event. Union Station is also in need of volunteers to assist with event clean up at the park from 1 - 4 pm on Christmas Day.
For more information about Dinner-in-the-Park, visit www.unionstationhs.org or call the Dinner-in-the-Park hotline at (626) 240-4550 x 542.
To learn how you or your company can sponsor Dinner-in-the-Park, contact Victoria Stubrin at (626) 240-4557.