2,000 local families benefit from holiday event
IRVINE, Calif (November 24, 2015) – State Senator Janet Nguyen and former State Senator Lou Correa joined Orange County United Way leaders and volunteers at a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway Saturday at Lestonnac Free Clinic in Orange.
In all, more than 2,000 families benefitted from the event throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
“We’re glad to help local families struggling to make ends meet, with these small but meaningful gifts of food to help celebrate the holidays. Far too many families in our community have a difficult time putting food on the table and during the holiday season it’s even harder to stretch budgets,” said Kautrina Morgan, United Way Volunteer Engagement Manager.
Nearly 350,000 Orange County residents are food insecure and don’t know where their next meal will come from. Lestonnac Free Clinic is a vital partner in United Way’s effort to address health issues while making systemic changes in the lives of Orange County residents through its 10-year FACE 2024 community-wide action plan.
In addition to the frozen turkeys, families received dry goods to make their own Thanksgiving meal. United Way and Lestonnac Free Clinic believe in giving families the tools to make their own dinner so that everyone can enjoy the experience of sharing a home cooked meal.
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About Orange County United Way:
Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been working to improve lives and strengthen our community by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County and focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. By investing in Orange County children, families and individuals, we help them create pathways to self-sufficient lives. In short, we help people help themselves. Through our 10-year community-wide action plan, “FACE 2024” (an acronym for Fund, Advocate, Collaborate, Educate), we collaborate with local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals to make a long-term measurable difference in the lives of local individuals and families. To learn more or to join our movement, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.
About Lestonnac Free Clinic:
Lestonnac Free Clinic, founded by Sister Marie Therese in 1979, is devoted to providing free, comprehensive medical care to the poorest of the poor in Orange County, California, as well as dental care to our currently established patients. We are a nonprofit, primarily volunteer organization working with local physicians and local hospitals to meet the health care needs of low and no-income families in our community. For more information, visit us online at www.lestonnacfreeclinic.org.