Giving a free turkey to families in need is almost as old of a tradition as Thanksgiving itself. The Alhambra Unified School District—teaming up with the Rotary Club of Alhambra and the Alhambra Civic Center Library—held a food and turkey giveaway for 15 families from the school district in the library on Tuesday.
The AUSD said there are many students from the district coming from homeless or low-income families. The giveaway event was a part of the collaboration they are doing with local organizations and businesses to help students and families who need food resources during the holiday season. “We would identify students and their families by their different needs. So we would know how can we utilize our resources”, said Marisol D. Sanders, Counselor of the Gateway program of AUSD.
Joe Pavon, president of the Rotary Club and owner of Al's Towing in Alhambra, said many members in the club are local small business owners. It has been a tradition for them to give back to the community during the holidays.
Arlene Monsivais, a 34-years-old stay-home mom with five children, was one of the families who came to the giveaway event. She moved from Montebello to Alhambra several years ago to get better education opportunities for her children. She said Alhambra is a nice community, which offers her family necessary resources and help. “I am really appreciated, my kids are appreciated,” said Monsivais.
She hopes people could better understand their situation of being a low-income family. "People are so quick to judge and categorize people, they think, as far as she is a Hispanic descendent, it is a normal issue for her to have all those children and it is expected for her to be in that situation,” said Monsivais. “
She added that, "During the holiday, people start to help and don't judge anymore. It should be 365 days but not just one day for Thanksgiving or Christmas."