Scenes of chaos and calm on Thanksgiving morning

Everybody wants to help out on Thanksgiving Day, which was clearly the case in Echo Park this morning as lines of volunteers and cars converged on The Echo nightclub for Gobble Gobble Give, a holiday food program that has in the past served up and delivered about 600 meals. Inside the club on the dance floor, an army of apron-clad volunteers assembled meals at long tables under disco balls as music pounded away. Outside, a long line of people stretched along the sidewalk carrying pots and containers of homemade food, bags of groceries and clothing to donate. Meanwhile, two rows of cars and trucks of volunteers who were going to distribute the food and clothing stretched for a block, triggering a bit of congestion.

Where were was all this food and clothing going? No one knows for sure since the volunteer delivery men and women were told to just look for “people in need” some where nearby.

The holiday morning was less hectic in other parts of the neighborhood. On Echo Park Avenue, more than 200 boxes of pies – with pumpkin, of course, being the most plentiful – awaited pick up and sale at Delilah Bakery. Back on Sunset Boulevard at the Brite Spot diner, two customers who either did not want to wait until dinner to eat turkey or didn’t want to cook later had purchased $13.25 Thanksgiving Day specials by 10 am.

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