Thousands of homeless people received traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinners with all the trimmings Thursday, thanks to missions and relief organizations on Skid Row and in other areas of the city.
The needy lined up along downtown's Skid Row, where about 6,000 were fed by the Fred Jordan Mission. City workers closed off several blocks near the Towne Avenue mission to let volunteers set up outdoor tables in the street.
Also downtown, about 3,000 were served dinner at the Union Rescue Mission, 3,000 at the Midnight Mission and 1,100 at the Los Angeles Mission.
Meanwhile, the Heart of Jesus Ministry on South Crenshaw Boulevard in South-Central Los Angeles served turkey and soul food to 2,000 of the hungry, and also provided clothing for those who needed it, a spokesman for the organization said.