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Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign Begins

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

On November 20, the Salvation Army’s Burbank Corps continued their annual Christmas fundraiser known as the “Red Kettle Campaign,” which raises money for the poor and homeless, among others who are often neglected during the holiday season.

Red kettles have been placed in 13 locations throughout Burbank to collect donations until Christmas Eve when funds will be distributed. The kettles can be found outside all four Ralph’s, Vons on Pass Ave., Pavilions, Hobby Lobby, Handy Market, and inside the parking lot of Macy’s.

“The economy has made it a rough year for many families, and we’ve seen it firsthand in the numbers of people coming to us for help,” said Lt. Jeremy Baker.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“It’s especially hard during the holiday season, with people losing their jobs, their homes and not knowing how they will provide for their families. That’s when The Salvation Army steps in to help. But to keep pace with the need, we must rely on generous people in our community to open their hearts with a donation to help their struggling neighbors.”

This year, the Red Kettle Campaign is centered around the theme, “I’ll Fight for Good,” highlighting the individual effort that goes into positively impacting the community.

The Salvation Army’s Burbank Corps anticipates raising $70,000 which will fund local programs and services, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for those who won’t be able to celebrate on their own. Other donations will fund the Burbank Corps’ after-school program which engages with local youth.

A press release from the Salvation Army suggests that those who are interested in volunteering this holiday season should visit burbank.salvationarmy.org or contact Lt. Brittany Baker at 818-845-7214.

Thanksgiving At Muir Celebrates Positive Family Atmosphere

Administrators, teachers, counselors, aides and all staff members at John Muir Middle School held the First Annual Thanksgiving at Muir on Tuesday, November 26, after regular school hours. Almost all of the school site employees enjoyed the meal and time together. Donna Collier, Culinary Arts instructor, prepared six turkeys for the feast.

Photo Courtesy of John Muir Middle School

Photo Courtesy of John Muir Middle School

“This is my second year as a principal and I am amazed at what a great school this is, and it’s all because of the people,” commented Dr. Greg Miller, Muir Middle School principal. “A lot of schools may talk about being a family, but I really feel that we are, here at Muir. No other school I have worked at has had this atmosphere.”

Science teacher Heidi Sasaki checks out the huge turkey. (Photo Courtesy of John Muir Middle School)

Science teacher Heidi Sasaki checks out the huge turkey. (Photo Courtesy of John Muir Middle School)

“I like Thanksgiving and I am thankful to be at Muir, so I thought we should have Thanksgiving because we are a family here,” explained Dr. Miller. “Everyone thought it was a great idea. The whole idea is for us to spend and enjoy time together.”

“The first annual Thanksgiving at Muir was a huge success,” commented Dr. Miller. “Almost 90 members of the faculty and staff participated and had a great time. There was way to much food as everyone contributed a dish.”

Teachers Barry Sarna, Glen Jaffe and Steven Moos performed and provided music during the meal and Logix Federal Credit Union donated 25 $5 gift cards to Menchies that were given away in a raffle.





YMCA’s 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot This Thursday

Before you stuff your face, kick off the holiday season with a healthy start and fun for the entire family at the Burbank Community YMCA’s fourth annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Nov. 28.

Enjoy an early morning run or walk on a double-loop course through downtown Burbank and support a great cause, the Burbank Y’s membership assistance program, which makes its facilities and programs available to the children and families in our community who need us the most, regardless of ability to pay.

Serving as the 2013 Grand Marshal is Burbank Y member Gabriel Cordell, a paraplegic who is an inspiration to everyone he meets. Honoring a personal pledge to do something “extraordinary,” Cordell trained five days a week for eight months at the Burbank Y … and then made history this past summer.

Traveling a staggering 3,100 miles, Cordell became the first person to roll a standard wheelchair across the U.S., from California to New York. Even more amazing, he completed his epic journey in just 99 days. “I have never let my physical state dictate how I live my life,” Cordell says.

WHO: Grand Marshal/YMCA member Gabriel Cordell

WHAT: 4th Annual Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot
WHEN: Thanksgiving morning, Thurs., Nov. 28
6:30 a.m. – On-site registration
7 a.m. – Expo, warm-up
8 a.m. – 10K/5K Run start
8:10 a.m. – 5K Walk start
9:15 a.m. – 1K Fun Run start (age 7 and under)
WHERE: Burbank Community YMCA, 321 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank

Advance registration and info: www.burbankturkeytrot.com

Entry fee is $40.00 (adults) and $15 (kids). All registrants receive a high-quality, long-sleeve shirt.

More than 2,100 people participated last year in the event, which includes pre-race expo and warm-up with Burbank Y instructors; cash prizes for top runners; medals by age categories; and ribbons for all 1K Fun Run participants. Groups welcome (strollers and dogs too). Thanksgiving costumes encouraged.

Convenient free parking at Burbank Town Center.