Non-perishable foods donated for the families in need this Thanksgiving. (Lori Parra)
The turkey dinners are in and more than 20 families in need will be fed Thanksgiving Day by the helping hands of the Saddleback College Extended Opportunity Program and Services and Associated Student Government Turkey Drive.
The ASG Turkey Drive, sponsored by the ASG Event Committee, ran from Nov. 4 to Nov. 20, where non-perishable foods were collected with an exception of turkeys and an assortment of pies, stored in Saddleback College’s cafeteria.
“I would like to thank the cafeteria for letting us use their facilities and keeping our turkeys and pies safe,” ASG director of events Shayan Akhavan said.
The goal of the partnership this holiday season is to help people who are unable to afford a Thanksgiving dinner or even presents for Christmas.
Throughout the years, EOPS first meets the families and qualifies them for donations. EOPS then directs them to the ASG who will collect their information, donations, and eventually distribute the donations to the families.
“ASG gets donations for the students, teachers, and faculty who have low income,” said EOPS Specialist Lori Parra. “ASG is awesome with supporting us.”
ASG and EOPS will be working together again this holiday season towards their Adopt-a-Family program, where they will be collecting an assortment of presents for families who are in need.
If you would like more information on these events contact Shayan Akhavan at [email protected] or either call EOPS at (949)-582-4620 or email [email protected].