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Options for Students During the Thanksgiving Break


Thanksgiving DinnerGoing home for Thanksgiving to spend time with family and friends is not an option for every student. Loyola Marymount University has planned several activities for students who will be staying on-campus during the holiday week.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be offered to students on Nov. 26 and 27 (see below for dates and times). Resident Ministers Charlie and Kerry Cownie helped organize the Nov. 26 dinner. The Cownies said this is their way of giving back and remembering their own families.

“My family is from Hawaii and Kerry’s family is from New York so traveling is difficult for us as well,” Charlie said. “The dinner does not replace family, but gives students an opportunity to gather in a healthy, festive environment and helps them remember the meaning of the holiday.”

There are also service opportunities available such as preparing meals, hosting karaoke and decorating personalized stockings for the homeless, low-income families and clients of a women’s shelter.

“This time of year naturally brings out the spirit of giving,” said Pam Rector, director of the Center for Service and Action. “The opportunity to volunteer allows students to act on their desire to serve others while they gain a deeper understanding of the effects of poverty, mental illness, and the need for more social services in the local area.”

Below is a list of all the scheduled events:

Saturday, Nov. 22

Volleyball vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m., Gersten Pavilion

Monday, Nov. 24

Women’s basketball vs. Long Beach State, 7 p.m., Gersten Pavilion
Intramural 3x3 Basketball Tournament, 7 p.m., Burns Recreation Center
(Participants must register at the center)

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Volleyball vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m., Gersten Pavilion
Intramural 3x3 Basketball Tournament, 7pm, Burns Rec Center
(Participants must register at the center)

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Dinner, 8:30 p.m., O’Malley Apartments

Thursday, Nov. 27

Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by Sodexho and Student Housing
Office, 3 - 6 p.m., Iggy’s Diner. (The Corner Pocket game room will also be open.)

Thanksgiving Football and Turducken, 9:30 a.m., Sullivan Lounge
All residents all welcome to enjoy a day of football and a breakfast tailgate.
Contact Joe Poakwa at 310-706-1040

Friday, Nov. 28

Team LMU Women’s Basketball Tournament, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Gersten Pavilion

LMU vs. Idaho State, 2 p.m., Gersten Pavilion

Saturday, Nov. 29

Team LMU Women’s Basketball Tournament, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Gersten Pavilion

Volleyball vs. Yale, 8 p.m., Gersten Pavilion

Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday, Nov. 23

People In Progress and New Elements Thanksgiving Day Festival, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This event will serve homeless and low-income families in the area. Volunteers will be preparing meals for over 2,000 people.
Location: 1636 W. Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Contact: Elaine DeSimone 213.413.9122, ext. 306

Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 25-26

Los Angeles Regional Foodbank Operation Gobble 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with the food packaging program, which provides food for needy families, working poor, and individuals throughout Los Angeles County. Food donations are also highly appreciated.
Location: 1734 E. 41st St., Los Angeles, CA 90058
Contact: Volunteer Department at 323.234.3030, ext. 144 or 156

Thursday, Nov. 27

Downtown Women’s Center Thanksgiving Celebration

Volunteers are needed to prepare meals, host karaoke and decorate personalized stockings/
Location: 325 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Contact: Vanessa Wai: 213.680.0600