All-Star Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier hosted a holiday shopping trip for 10 pre-selected Los Angeles children. Kids from the Expo Center, Five Acres, Pacific Lodge Youth Center and Central City Action Committee organizations received $500 to spend at Best Buy, courtesy of Ethier, and other gifts.
This event was the third holiday shopping trip Ethier has sponsored, as he has treated children from A Better L.A. and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to similar excursions in the past.
Just this year, Ethier has given his time to the community by volunteering at Union Rescue Mission downtown, visiting the 35th annual City of Hope Celebration of Life Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion and speaking at Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp twice.
For more information about the Dodgers’ holiday giving efforts, which annually include a children’s holiday party, a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and a holiday ham giveaway, visit www.dodgers.com/community.
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Customers filled their carts for Black Friday deals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
The Empire Center was buzzing at the strike of midnight as Black Friday officially began with well over 500 customers waiting in line to get into the Best Buy store, and another 500 to 700 people waiting to enter the Target Store.
The parking lots were filled to capacity. Some of the customers had waited two or three days in tents and sleeping bags to be the first ones into Best Buy. Customers were seen walking out of Best Buy store with large flat screen TV’s, laptop computers, printers, stereo equipment, and just about anything else electronic.
Buying was the easy part - trying to fit it in your car was a different matter on Black Friday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Some people bought more than their cars could hold, like the customer who bought two 42″ flat screen displays. He was trying to figure out how to get then both into his Honda, along with the three passengers he came with.
People camp out at Burbank Best Buy on Wednesday evening prior to Thanksgiving. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)