Thousands ate at Honda Center Thanksgiving feast in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, California (KABC) — For nearly 40 years, Frank Garcia and his La Casa Garcia restaurant in Anaheim have been serving Thanksgiving meals to families in need of a little help during the holidays.

The need has grown to where they will serve thousands of meals in the parking lot of the Honda Center.

The theme for this time is: “We give thanks.” It’s not just a slogan, it’s a way the Garcia family and volunteers give back.

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“I love it. My thing is it’s not about how many people I serve,” Garcia said. “When I serve one, I’ve done my job, but I don’t count numbers. I just give.”

People lined up before the gate opened at 11am. Some in line said they had been there many times before and were thankful for the Thanksgiving meal.

“It’s just beautiful. I come every year and I like it. Lots of people come to have fun,” says Anaheim resident Baltazar Alvarez.

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Gustavo Dionisio of Anaheim was also in line.

“I think we should all be thankful for giving us this,” he said. “Even though we have the pandemic, I think we should automatically enjoy what we have.”

For nearly 20 years, the Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks have been helping with the meals. After Thursday’s practice, some Ducks players came out to help serve.

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“We’ve been doing this for a long time,” said Ducks player Cam Fowler. “It’s great for us to engage with the community, and they know we’re here for them, to help them in any way we can. So we’re definitely happy to do it.”

As long as there’s a need, Frank Garcia says this is how they’ll continue to welcome during the holiday season.

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