HYDE PARK (CBS) — Low-income residents and seniors are lining up for free turkey dinners from a local car company.

As many as 10,000 people are expected to show up for the “23rd Annual Jackson Limousine Service Turkey Dinner Give-Away”, which started at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Sky2 was overhead Monday night as a line wrapped around the company’s service fleet yard at 3669 West Slauson Ave.

Yvette Freeman, one of the first people to pick up a meal Tuesday morning, waited in line for two days with a group of family and friends.

“It feels good. It feels really good,” says Freeman, who realized she couldn’t afford her own Thanksgiving dinner when she went to the grocery store last weekend.

“It’s a lot of people, a lot of families from all walks of life,” EJ Jackson, founder and president of Jackson Limousine, told CBS2. “You’ll see them. We love them, but that’s what we are here for; to help one another.”

Turkey and all the dinner fixings, including cornbread, yams and cranberry sauce, are being given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It is tough ’cause I was in need,” Lashonda Howard said. “I gotta get down here because this is my only hope.”

For more information, visit Jackson Limousine.

Comments (102)
  1. Alan White says:

    So, how do we know that hucksters like Glendale residents won’t BS their way in and claim poverty when in truth, they don’t need a handout? I feel bad for the truly needy families who will miss out when cons and liars take advantage of this charity.

    1. mrgoodcat7 says:

      Because people with means and any sense at all will not wait in line for hours on end for a “free” turkey plate.

      1. CaliforniaRefugee says:

        You’ve clearly never lived/worked/shopped/driven through Glendale.


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      4. mac says:


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      5. Richard Henkle says:


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      6. Dumb0ma says:

        @OBAMA-BIDEN 2012: LOL, that’s a birther site.

      7. irishsmile says:

        Wrong! My father-in law took pride in waiting in lines for free cheese and butter in Lincoln Heights. And ….. he could super-well afford to but the ifood. We’ve laughed about it many times through the years.

      8. David says:

        I agree with California Refugee, YOU obviously don’t live in California. Give these deadbeats something free and you’ll have plenty lining up.

      9. Rufus says:

        Negroes will ALWAYS wait for hours for anything they don’t have to pay for. It’s “in dey culcha”.

      10. Rufus says:

        Negroes don’t have any sense other than the “gibbs muh” mentality

    2. Gerry says:

      Good point, hadn’t thought of that!

    3. Anthony Sanchez says:

      I don’t think Christ asked the hungary who was eligible he just fed them without hesitation. Even if you don’t believe, its the human thing to do.

      1. jimmytheg says:

        I think because Jesus generally liked Hungarians.

      2. Marmaduke says:

        You have just gotta love those that selectively use Jesus as a point in an argument to win the debate. Nevermind that those that do are usually ones that do not follow Him as their saviour and/or are not the ones that give to the poor and needy. Not to mention they are probably in line with those that support the death of millions of innocents in the name of “choice”.
        Be very careful…

        Matthew 7:5
        Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

      3. Guinko says:

        You obviously are not an American citizen, if you were you would know to qualify for president you must be an American citizen. The forfathers wanted it that way, it kept people like fidel castro, joe stalin, adolph hitler, mousy dung, che, lennin, amin from becoming president of the U.S.A.

      4. Fryar says:

        “they are probably in line with those that support the death of millions of innocents in the name of “choice”.
        Be very careful…”

        Yes, we Christians must be very careful and wary of fake Christians. Especially those that appose abortion however wholeheartedly support the death penalty.

      5. Voxhalyn Rakkasan says:

        The difference is in biblical times if you didn’t work you starved to death.

        Today if you don;t work you’re rewarded with more freebies and entitlements than you could hope to ever earn with their limited skills and abilities.

        All that’s asked of them is to vote Democrat blibdly and loyally.

    4. Rita Ippolito says:

      Wow.. as a hard working taxpayer..I’ve felt that way about most government hand out programs for years…

    5. 7tex says:

      That’s exactly how I feel! And she “waited with family and friends”…puhleeze! Couldn’t they pool their welfare foodstamps to buy a freakin’ turkey for $5?

    6. d says:

      You are right to feel that way- I serve 110 meals to seniors Mon – Fri Let me tell you- resources are zero for them. They are usually 80+ in age- no family- cannot transport themselves…well you get the picture. I am saddened that the line betwen “Want and Need” has been so ill defined in this country- Thank God for Volunteers- Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family-

      1. Ron says:

        You are beautiful “d” and I’ll bet you aren’t recognized for the good you do anywhere the same as the retired Catholic priest, Maurice Chase, well known for handing out dollar bills, to the needy on Skid Row. Someone already was doing much more than handing out dollar bills – more like $10. and $15. for food without seeking publicity. Culver City Police Sgt. Brian Fitzpatrick and a biased female officer named Encina, arrested Rev. Shirley Smith, back on Sunday, October 30th. for informing elderly people that there is no shame in being hungry and telling them where they could go to get free food help. Three Trader Joe’s store hispanic employees who should have been minding their own business INSIDE the Culver/Washington store – harassed Rev. Smith for standing in the nearby Culver City parking structure quietly and unobtrusively handing out information leaflets.

    7. Rufus says:

      Negroes love free things, it’s how they exist. No work ethic, no moral fiber.These negroes lining up in Glendale, don’t live there. Negroes network via “sail fawns” to let other negroes know of freebies. It’s the truth, I’m not a racist (I am however a realist). It’s in “dey culcha”.

    8. jose says:

      we dont and the majority of them are cons and liars who take away from the truly needed just as it is with welfare and food stamps and other free mostly government hand outs…the majority are scammers and liars drug addicts and drunks or just lazy bums stealing from the real needy

    9. Stryker 21 says:

      OSAMA BIN OBAMA will be a one term President. He has created nothing but financial depare in this country. Attack watch, no hope and change coming from this no experience community leader.

  2. Linda Ellison says:

    Occupy Hollywood Actors – @ 20 mil a movie why is anyone in LA broke – Occupy their homes! Who needs 10,000 sf for two people !11 Occupy !!!!

  3. Mr. Drysdale says:

    There ain’t no such thing as a free turkey! Someone is paying for it!

  4. sean patriot says:

    Y’all make sho POOKIE gets his turkey.

    1. Rufus says:

      Sean, that is really funny! Pookie needs a 4 loko to go with that turkey.

  5. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Jackson Limousine Service is doing what this country was built on when people cared about others and didn’t let the degenerate, disgusting and criminal government run ruff shot over everything.

    If everyone realized that it is the government that causes the majority of problems, disasters and wealth devastation, people would learn to ignore them. Just look at what a great job government has done educating your children, managing the economy and getting your kids killed in far off places.

    Bravo Jackson Limousine Service


    1. Al, Sr. says:

      Well said Fanny.. For starters, the White House needs a good cleaning!
      Looks like a much needed revolution might be in the making as a means of ridding the Country of the hypocritical, anti-American, appointed Government traitors, who sold the Country out in interest of personal gain!

      1. Rufus says:

        Al, Sr., the white house does need a good cleaning after the Obama apes have stunk up the place. Call Haznig!

  6. David Moore says:

    When you have the biggest Turkey in the WH – there is not too much to go around

    1. Midge Masters says:

      That’s not a turkey, that’s Barry Soetoro the Indonesian national illegal alien pretending to be POTUS.

      It doesn’t matter where he was born, he’s constitutionally ineligible to be POTUS as a national from Indonesia.

  7. Gimme Free says:

    That last lady cooking hot dogs, said she will cook her own turkey later. Evidently she needs 2 turkey dinners, one that’s free just for the fun of it.

  8. NowSwimBack says:

    When all the freebies in this nation run out, excess like this is going to be in big trouble. They exist artificially because of a degenerate system.

  9. Gerry says:

    With 10,000 people or more expected to show up I hope they do not have any violence. I can just imagine some hothead pulling out a weapon because he did not get the last drumstick!

  10. Anthony Sanchez says:

    I live in Austin Texas, we have a grocery chain who does this every year, it’s called the Feast of Sharing, put on by the HEB grocery company of San Antonio Tx.

    1. d says:

      And they Rock! God Bless them and their Generosity-

  11. chic says:

    I applaud the car owner for this act of human compassion and love to the truly less fortunate.

    Having said that, did anyone else notice that the hot dog lady was wearing acrylic nails? Now, where I come from, they run between 20-30 dollars a pop, and need to be re-done every 2-3 weeks. Is this what poverty looks like in LA?

    And people wonder why taxpayers are up to their teeth with the gimeeeee crowd.

  12. TooHip says:

    When will the city close it down and levy a heavy fine for; lets say, operating a food establishment illegally, health and welfare, obstructing the sidewalks, failing to meet child nutrition requirements, or anything else idiotic that some beaurocrat thinks up.

    Assistance and compassion and community provided by what?…the private sector….cant have that….its unorthodox.

    We wouldnt want the private sector doing what the govt. is there to do with your tax donations…would we. Unless we are voluntold.

    God Bless Jackson Limousine.

  13. jimmytheg says:

    Anybody ever notice that we go through this charade every year, for decades now, and nothing ever changes. Yeah, Jeepers said that the poor shall always be with us, but come on.

  14. c-man says:

    Lets see how many of these people standing in line are talking on their I-phones and then getting their turkey and hopping in their SUV with 26″ chrome rims and driving to another location for another free handout. How many of these greedy low-lifes would stand in line for hours for a job that pays minimum wage?

  15. ex-californian says:

    Why does group of family and friends have two days to hang around for a handout?

  16. Rupert Pupkin says:

    Hopefully they will be heeding Chaz Napolitano (from the Department of Fatherland Security) and her warning about putting frozen turkeys in a turkey fryer. LOL

  17. Richard B says:

    What a shame your momma didnt abort you c-man

    1. ELSARGENTO says:


  18. mac says:

    What a picture for the world to see. No doubt in their minds now just how ‘forward’ the US is.
    I’ll ask one more time.

    Is California a third world country?

  19. aday says:

    The reason why this story is different from others we have seen is because the meals are given out by a private business and other private citizen donations. NOT THE GOVERNMENT. This is the way charity and “welfare” should be handled in this country, by people willingly choosing to give of their substance, not taking taxes from everyone to feed a few. I think this is a wonderful heartwarming story.

  20. Jason says:

    Hope & Change, it’s a beautiful thing! Thanks President Obama for my free Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll vote for you 4-ever. Love, from the gang

  21. jharper says:

    I thought Obama was your hope. NOT!

  22. John Yaya says:

    I hope the news media covers this event just so you do gooders can watch all those starving people waddle up to get their free food.
    I feel sorry for those who are really in need and all the working poor in this country.

  23. KickOutTheKenyan2012 says:

    Hope & Change Economic Depression brought to you by Barack Hussein Obama…

  24. Puff the tragic wagon says:

    It appears that many of the contributors in this forum are not getting the right amount of oxygen to their brains. Some of you are making comments that are either irrelevant to the story or so off topic of the original story, you are actually making people respond with nonsense because they too aren’t reading the story. And whats with all the Obama and government stuff? This is a private company donating time and resources hopefully to families that really need help in these tough times.

    1. ELSARGENTO says:


    2. Rufus says:

      Negroes are always “needy”. Needy? They “buy” groceries with ebt cards while parking in handicapped spot in escalades. The negroes know how to scam EVERYTHING.

  25. ELSARGENTO says:


  26. moonmac says:

    Is our country this stupid??? YOu stand in line for 2 days for a $20 dinner? Work a 2 hr job and go buy your own freaking dinner?

    1. The Truth says:

      That’s sad that Los Angeles has become such a pathetic state. No one will put their foot down and say “no more free handouts”. All these filthy bottom feeding hispanics come to America and just stick their hands out. While our soldiers coming home dont even have a hand to stick out, yet they get less than the illegals. God forbid, we as American citizens violate the “rights” of any illegals. How can you have rights when you are illegal?

      1. joseW says:


  27. imfortherevolution says:

    haha..10,000 is nothing compared to my home town picnic..except, those chicken dinners weren’t free–this is a good plan, those who have something can do their thing and those who have nothing–have at least a meal.

  28. ontie1 says:

    My bet is it’s going to be a lot more than that and if they run out of food, I suspect riots to ensue………Have a good TG

  29. Bill Jones says:

    Should’nt the Headline read>>>>>> “Illegal Aliens line up for free turkeys”.

  30. BigBoa says:

    You moron marxists like “Fryar”……can’t tell the difference between an innocent unborn child versus a cold-blooded murdering ape……..

    AH HAHAHA!!!

    1. Fryar says:

      I’m Catholic, Republican, and a small business owner.

      Oh, btw more than 150 persons have been released from death row because they were found innocent. Do you support big government killing innocent US citizens?

  31. Mac Tonight says:

    If it were a job fair, would they show up?

    1. David says:

      Not that crowd….Right after they are headed to the free Christmas Present line.

  32. ByteRider says:

    That’s right folks, line up for a heaping helping of hope and change!

  33. Paul M says:

    Have a nice TG day, Obamites. You’ll have few in the days to come as the bottom falls out… and the food stamps stop coming… and the welfare checks become IOU’s. Can’t live well on IOU’s, can ya?

    Well, why did you think I owed you a living in the first place? Why did you think Obama was your Sugar Daddy buying you stuff from all the money he got from pimping the American working taxpayer?

    Oh, the riots will be interesting to watch when Obama’s policies result in a bankrupt country, and the few food stamps that do go out won’t buy a loaf of bread. Then people will see Obama isn’t their Sugar Daddy, because he’s broke and was borrowing the money, and his credit line has run out.

    Ah… the riots. The looting. The insanity. New Orleans gone national. Won’t that be interesting.

  34. gary-bg says:

    Maybe next year they can all go to Pelosi’s house for the dinner as soon as she gets over that Catholic conscience thingy.

  35. JohnRalph says:

    Obama’s brand of socialism, which is an amalgamation of the Nationalist and Communist varieties despises America.

    Except Islamic America, which is an excellent example of both types since it is a religion that through Sharia Law controls every aspects of one’s life. Virtually enslaving the believer.

    National SOCIALIST German WORKERS Party, referred to in English as the NAZI Party (socialism for the German ‘Teutonic’ Race), In reality though no different than the left’s socialism.

    Like Stalin, for the white Russians, or Pol Pot, for the Khmer Rouge, or Ho Chi Minh, for the Viet Minh, or Mao, for the Han Chinese.

    Socialist Gods that brought death and misery to tens if not hundreds of millions of humans.

    Let us not forget our SOCIALIST God, Mein Lord God Obama, for America’s liberal elite, Muslims, OWS and welfare voters on the dole.

  36. Tom Walter says:

    “NOG’S” & BEANS”

  37. Jimmy B says:

    Socialism is just swell isn’t it?

  38. popseal says:

    Permanent dependence is a consequence of believing the lie that a healthy, honest man can not have a good life without government intervention.

    1. Mido says:

      I love deload week!Rx’d Angie 16:04Unbroken sit-ups and sutqas, push ups were definitely the time suckNeed a day off really badly we will see what tomorrow brings =)

  39. Caligula says:

    the Occupy crowd will be there to take “The People’s Turkey Dinners” from the people who really need it.

  40. Rick Miller says:

    Dey needs to have da popo dere ta run dey names fo dey wants n warrents.
    Dey coulds cut dat line down to 500.

  41. Al. H. says:

    Caligula, you got it wrong! In fact, the Occupy demonstrators should be given medals for roughing it in an attempt to protect American liberties, and freedom. Hopefully, their movement will continue until they are successful in the endevor.!

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