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Open Your Heart on Thanksgiving

The annual event was started and organized by three Malibu families who see a need to feed Malibu Labor Exchange workers and others in the community who might go hungry on Thanksgiving.

For 15 years, the Malibu Community Thanksgiving Dinner has included a festive holiday meal for hundreds of people. Many in our community, especially our children, have found it fulfilling and fun to take part in this homemade tradition of caring. The dinners were started and organized by three Malibu families who see a need to feed workers and others in our community who might go hungry on Thanksgiving. We also see a need to teach our children how to repair the world by doing good work and opening their hearts to all.

The meal will take place on Thanksgiving Day at  from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The sponsors are Malibu Methodist and . The event is coordinated by the Ettenger, Malecha and Vandor families. 

This Thanksgiving more than ever, there is much need for our community’s help. All food is cooked and donated by Malibu residents and the majority of the work—from organizing to decorating to serving and cleaning up—is done by Malibu youth.      

We give thanks that you are a part of our local community and hope that you will want to participate. We welcome you to come by this year and feel the warmth of our community's kindness.  

In the spirit of the season, we would appreciate donations of cooked turkey and ham dinners and other holiday foods such as casseroles, salads, side dishes, stuffing, desserts and drinks dropped off at Malibu Methodist beginning at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  

We're glad to publicize your donation and encourage patronage of your business and we can provide you with a tax ID number for your records.  

To volunteer (decorating and setting up the day before Thanksgiving, serving food and drinks as well as cleaning up on Thanksgiving), contact Eden at 310-589-5508 or guitarheaven101@aol.com.

To donate food and supplies (drinks, desserts, paper goods, and decorations), contact Isaac at 310-505-2749 or isaacvandor@yahoo.com.

Each guest will receive a gift bag filled with personal care items. Donations can be dropped off the day before. Needed items include toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, sunscreen, lip balm, lotion, shaving cream and razors, shampoo, conditioner, soap, combs, brushes, hand wipes and sanitizer, Kleenex, diapers and hotel samples.

For more information about the event and how to help, contact Diane Malecha at 310-589-1964 or Janet Ettenger at 310-589-5508.

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