November 21, 2017
INGLEWOOD – Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) gave away 1,100 free turkeys yesterday to students and families from Senate District 35, comprised of Carson, Compton, Inglewood, Lawndale, Torrance, and the surrounding communities. Senator Bradford, who is finishing his first year in the California State Senate, continued this tradition from when he served as a Gardena City Councilmember and State Assemblymember by providing turkeys so families in need can share a healthy and hearty holiday meal with loved ones.
“The holiday season is not only about spending quality time with family and being thankful for all we have, but is also about making a concerted effort to help those who are less fortunate,” said Senator Bradford. “For me, it means bringing our community together for a common cause, and giving back to the community that made me who I am today.”
El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney and Board President Ken Brown joined the Senator at their Torrance campus to pass out turkeys at this year’s event. Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles and Councilmember Pat Kearny, Torrance Councilmembers Tim Goodrich, Heidi Ann Ashcraft and Kurt Weideman, and Compton Councilmembers Tana McCoy and Emma Sharif were also in attendance, along with Carson Chamber member Ralph Felix from California Water Services. Representatives from various charities and businesses participated, including the P.S. I Love You Foundation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Uncle Darrow’s New Orleans Grill, the DWA Drum Squad and many others.
In addition to the giveaway, the Senator provided resources for healthcare coverage and higher education, while highlighting El Camino College’s recently opened Warrior Pantry, which is an on-campus food bank for food insecure students. A portion of the turkeys at the event were donated to students of El Camino College.
“Families strengthen their relationships over the dinner table and during the holiday season. By providing these turkeys, we hope that they will continue to build the bonds which have sustained many families and communities during trying times,” said Bradford. “I want to thank all the donors, volunteers, participants and especially the churches and non-profits who do their part to be servant leaders - Happy Holidays to all!”
Senator Bradford represents the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, San Pedro, Torrance, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington.