If you’ve been following our journey, you know that this entire brand exists to impact the lives of others, so our official charity partner is the Los Angeles Dream Center. The Dream Center serves over 40,000 individuals and families in underserved communities, who are faced with issues in the areas of homelessness, poverty, addiction, and human trafficking.
One of the special events that they do every year is the Annual Turkey Giveaway. We know that they’re many organizations and charities that provide hot meals to the homeless on Thanksgiving Day, which is awesome. However, we love the approach that the Dream Center takes. Every year they bag up turkey’s with all the fixings and distribute them to all of the families they serve throughout the year. They empower these families to gather together and create the element of community in their own homes.
A few years ago, one of our team members rode the DC busses to pick up families who would take part in the Turkey Giveaway (yes, the Dream Center even picks people up to come get their free Thanksgiving supplies) and there was a woman who shared her story on the bus ride to Angelus Temple.
For the past 10 years, she was a recipient of the Dream Center’s Turkey Giveaway. The beauty of her story was because of the items supplied to her, she was able to host a little community dinner in her building and invite anyone who didn’t have a place to go. This wasn’t about receiving free food, these free supplies created a spirit of generosity amongst a community of people.