Lakers; East West Bank Brings Smiles to Many

 Laker greats (L) AC Green and Robert Horry (R) help distribute more than 300 meals at the Salvation Army in Inglewood. (Earl Heath Photo)
Laker greats (L) AC Green and Robert Horry (R) help distribute more than 300 meals at the Salvation Army in Inglewood. (Earl Heath Photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The Los Angeles Lakers and East West Bank recently joined forces for a Thanksgiving food give away. There were many smiles entering the Salvation Army in Inglewood as they assisted some 300 needy families to help ensure they have a better Holiday season. The distribution is a continuation of the Salvation Army of Inglewood Citadel Corps’ annual Miracle on Manchester giveaway. This was the second event of the Lakers annual “Season of Giving” which is a series of events that allow the Lakers and their fans to share in the joy of the holiday season.

Laker greats Robert Horry and A.C. Greene were on hand to assist in the distribution of turkeys, pies, and other treats for the holiday. They were joined by Laker staff members including the Laker Girls.

Since 2000, the Lakers have used “A Season of Giving” to assist thousands of children and adults. This year’s events include the Thanksgiving Feast, a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, and a holiday party for kids. AC Greene said, “I have no favorite Christmas or Thanksgiving, it’s all about the family. When all the grand-kids can talk with the grandparents and share so much about being thankful. That’s the best thing about Thanksgiving.” 

Greene, who the Founder of The A.C. Greene Youth  Foundation, loves helping others. “I’ve been involved with the Salvation Army here and in Portland, Oregon for more than 30 years,” Greene added. 

The Salvation Army has been a fixture in the Inglewood community for years  and has assisted with homeless life skills, Service for Veterans, utility assistance, and after school programs.

“It’s the Lakers and East West Bank  that allow us to do such a program like this,” said Salvation Army Lieutenant Timothy Wticher. “It’s great to see the community come together like this. ”