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GROUPS HELP NEEDY FOR THANKSGIVING; ANTELOPE VALLEY FAMILIES RECEIVE PACKAGES OF FOOD FROM LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS.

Byline: Karen Thacker Community Columnist

Providing Thanksgiving dinner for 1,400 families is no small undertaking.

Hundreds of people lined up Saturday to accept Thanksgiving foodstuffs provided by Grace Resource Center: bags of yams; fruits and vegetables, including carrots and onions donated by farmers; salad dressing; cranberry sauce and stuffing.

No turkeys, however - the center lacks the room to store them, so it hands out $5 vouchers.

For yet another year, the help for Antelope Valley's needy was possible through donations from local individuals and businesses, said Steve Baker, executive director of Grace Resource Center.

Last weekend, the annual Grace-athon fund-raiser brought in $18,000.

``One person gave us $2,500, and Burger King gave us $1,000. A lot of the food for the baskets is purchased,'' Baker said.

Students from Desert Christian schools each brought in a box of stuffing.

People filled out applications for Thanksgiving food baskets a week ago. For the third year in a row, the count has been about 1,400 packages.

``There's a lot of people we don't see for normal groceries we see at Thanksgiving,'' Baker noted.

Another 200 needy families will receive Thanksgiving packages today from Our Lady of Charity Conference of St. Vincent De Paul Society.

For 10 years, the charitable organization has provided food for families in need in the Antelope Valley, with special food baskets during the holidays, said Joyce Willey, Our Lady of Charity president.

All workers are volunteers and deliver the packages to the homes of those in need of a one-on-one visit. This also gives them a chance to talk about what other services may be needed.

Donations came from Father Serra and Sacred Heart parishes and other fund-raisers during the year.

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PHOTO (Color) Thanks to generous donations from individuals and businesses in the area, families receive packages of foodstuffs for Thanksgiving from volunteers at Grace Resource Center in Lancaster on Saturday.

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