Volunteers Prep For 27th Annual ‘We Give Thanks’ Event In Anaheim

ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — Volunteers were working hard in Anaheim on Wednesday to help a Mexican restaurant owner prepare a massive Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people in need.

Frank Garcia, the owner of La Casa Garcia, started the “We Give Thanks” turkey dinner in 1986.

It’s now in its 27th year.

“I got this on my mind every year and I can’t take it off. I dream about it. Now I don’t do nothing. Thank God that everything is by the volunteers,” Garcia said.

CBS2’s Michele Gile reported that the event, which will be held Thursday in an outdoor kitchen at the Honda Center between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., is executed by a large number of volunteers.

Kevin Draper helps out year after year.

Part of his day on Wednesday was spent picking up bread in Los Angeles County and delivering it to the Anaheim Convention Center, where it’s stored until Thursday.

Anaheim Hilton executive chef Kyung Soo Carroll is in charge of half of the 600 turkeys being roasted.

The Marriott Hotel kitchen staff is preparing the other half.

“Everybody always wants to do more for the holidays. Just knowing the story about ‘We Give Thanks’ and where it all started and what it has become,” Carroll said.

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