With the 2020 MLS Regular Season over and the Black and Gold setting their sights on the upcoming first round MLS Cup Playoff match against Seattle Sounders FC on Tuesday Nov. 24, the squad has been battling on the training pitch to turn out their best form to prepare for the day. Off the pitch, the greater Club has been preparing for another big day happening a couple of days after the Seattle match, the Thanksgiving holiday.
On Wednesday, November 18, LAFC, the LAFC Foundation and Target hosted a Thanksgiving meal box donation drive at Banc of California Stadium for families in need and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues to rage on with the holidays approaching, the Club wanted to ensure it heeded its promise to be a Force for Good by supporting its local community in ensuring families who are less fortunate were provided with quality meals. The Club, along with the LAFC Foundation supported the effort by donating the contents of the food box using funds from the Black & Gold Community Fund and Target.
As part of the drive, 50 volunteers from both LAFC and its partner participants helped assemble meal boxes for 500 families that contained a turkey, fresh produce and a collection of products from Club partners including BODYARMOR and CLIF Bar. LAFC partner Target will also be gifting tote bags and gift cards to further help with the holidays as part of the meal box. In even further support by Club partners, Panda Express donated lunch for the volunteers that will be distributing the boxes throughout the day.
LAFC Co-President John Thorrington was present at the event as well, and offered his thoughts, “So proud to be part of an organization with numerous volunteers giving their time to continue to serve our community. We have said from the outset that we wanted to be a uniting force across Los Angeles, and while the pandemic this year has changed our methods of delivering that promise, that mission never changes. So, this is yet another example of how we at LAFC are fulfilling our promise and our obligation to our city and our community to serve families, and in this case Thanksgiving meals.”
Additionally, the Black & Gold will be donating 500 turkeys to community partners American Heart Association, Watts Empowerment Center and South LA Café, to continue to further the Club’s goal in supporting its community during the giving season.
For more information on LAFC’s efforts to be a Force For Good or how to get involved with upcoming volunteer opportunities please visit lafc.com/force-for-good.