Pasadena Sandwich Company, Pasadena Fire and PUSD help feed over 300 on Thanksgiving
By Terry Miller
The pace was brisk and the enthusiasm enormous at Pasadena Sandwich Company the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. The reason: The Fink Family and volunteers from the Fire Dept. (including the outgoing Chief Wells) were busy filling ‘Blessing Bags’ for their guests who will dine at the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day.
Over 300 members of some 59 Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) families who are transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency received a free Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings from the popular Pasadena Sandwich Company on Thanksgiving Day.
Pasadena Sandwich Company, in conjunction with PUSD’s Families in Transition and the Pasadena Fire Department, provided a family-style feast at the restaurant as part of the third annual Thanksgiving Share-A-Meal for PUSD families. The event honors Stephen E. Fink, the co-founder of the Pasadena Sandwich Company who believed that nobody should ever be alone on Thanksgiving.
“We are trying to distinguish a part of Pasadena that gets forgotten,” said Meghan Fink, co-owner of the Pasadena Sandwich Company. “No matter what your background is, we want people to feel welcomed on Thanksgiving.”
On Wednesday, November 26th, at 3:00 p.m., Pasadena Firefighters and the Fink family helped prepare food and fill blessing (gift) bags for their Thanksgiving guests. Included in these bags are gift cards, school supplies, hygiene packs and first aid kits.
PUSD’s Families in Transition office, which connects homeless and transitional students and their families with appropriate services, is also collecting donations for families in need this holiday season. Donations of canned goods, toys, games, books and grocery gift cards can be dropped off at the Families in Transition Office (Room 127) located at 351 South Hudson Avenue in Pasadena. Contact PUSD Families in Transition at (626) 396-3600 ext. 88252 for more information.
Outgoing Chief Wells from Pasadena Fire was busy filling ‘Blessing Bags’ for 300 people who received a free Thanksgiving meal thanks to the Fink Family and their supporters – Photo by Terry Miller