Holiday baskets earn thanks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “You see this pumpkin pie filling?” Arredondo said, smiling as she held up a medium-size can from the basket. “My daughter is going to use this to make a pumpkin pie because it comes out so good when she makes it. “With what they’ve given us here, it’ll make for a good meal for the whole family.” The 500-member Positive Alternatives Outreach Club reaches out to needy communities every year during the holiday season. It provides food baskets at Thanksgiving and conducts Christmas toy drives for local needy youngsters. Tuesday, the baskets contained a turkey and all the trimmings – stuffing mix, vegetables, rolls and cranberry sauce. Senior Neil Sauer, 17, said all the club’s members recognize the need to get more involved in the community to make it a better place to live. LA MIRADA – Thanksgiving has come at an inopportune time this year for the Arredondo family. Because of recent financial struggles, mother Rosa said she was feeling stress about how to afford the traditional Thanksgiving feast when she was contacted by Oscar Diaz, adviser of the Positive Alternatives Outreach Club at La Mirada High School. The club was preparing for its annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway, and the Arredondo family had been identified as one of about 40 recipients this year. “It was like a blessing that fell out of the sky, right into our laps,” said Arredondo, 39, who was on hand to receive her basket Tuesday at Foster Road Elementary School. But senior Kate Villasenor, 17, said there’s another element to the service club: to provide good role models for younger children. “It doesn’t hurt you to help others when they need it,” Villasenor said. “And when we ask people and businesses for donations, no one ever really turns us down. “Usually people see us and say, `We’ll help in whatever way we can.”‘ The recipients of the Thanksgiving basket giveaway were identified by Foster Road Elementary administrators and Diaz, who teaches a parent ESL class at Foster Road in the mornings. “It’s a wonderful community service they are providing,” said Foster Road Principal Jean Maddox. The club is now collecting toys for its Christmas giveaway at La Pluma Elementary School next month. For more information about the club, call La Mirada High at (562)868-0431. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img