Familiar Faces Give Back to the Community With 500 Dinners for 500 Families

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Seven-year-old Shade Thomas said a quiet, "It's awesome," after Kings great Bobby Jackson handed her a brand new pink bike for Christmas.

"We are really blessed. To be a blessing... Thank you all very much,” her mom, Adrena Thomas, said.

500 Dinners for 500 Families was well underway. An annual event, hosted by some familiar faces who pay it forward to hard-working families, especially during the holidays.

"This is our seventh year doing this. It's all worth it," said Sacramento film maker & event organizer Deon Taylor.

Lots of helpers on the hand, shared bags full of turkeys, with other dinner goodies, and lots of toys for the kids.

"It's about blessing children, blessing people in need — during Christmas and the holidays," added Jackson, donning a deep purple Santa hat.

Mother of 12, Paula Granderson, is grateful for events like this.

"Joy and happiness. I've been blessed. They're gonna have a good Christmas," she said, accompanied by her two youngest and a niece — all with toys in tow.

A good Christmas indeed, for 7-year-old Jordan Jones as well. He gets the meaning of Christmas — its true meaning.

He explained he got a "reindeer, telescope, one of my favorite toys. What I'd really like for Christmas is Jesus."

For info on extra dinners still on hand, email: hiddenempirefilmgroup.com

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