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Newhall Thanksgiving feast will go on

Despite their business closing, Haspers continue holiday tradition

Posted: November 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Main Street in Newhall is blocked off as thousands enjoy a Thanksgiving meal during last year's holiday. Signal file photo by Dan Watson.

 

Expecting more than 3,000 people at this year’s Thanksgiving feast in Newhall, the couple who started the holiday tradition have aligned with the South Valley Church as a way of dealing with the hundreds of donations they expect to receive.

Last week Roger and Shannon Hasper met with Pastor Kevin Pisano at the Newhall church on Valley Street to iron out how they’re going to handle the anticipated flood of donations.

About 3,000 people showed up for last year’s “feast” on Main Street between Market Street and William S. Hart Park. The outpouring of generosity from the community has drawn a bigger crowd every year; the more people have shown up to partake, the more they’ve contributed to the event.

At the center of it all has been the Haspers, who started it all by opening up the doors of their home to the public eight years ago, and who have watched the event grow exponentially every year since.

But since they closed the doors of their Newhall bicycle repair business thispast year, there’s no actual location for people to drop off their donations.

“We no longer have a brick-and-mortar physical place where people can drop off food or clothing,” Roger Hasper said Wednesday. “The South Valley Church is now that brick and mortar.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the annual street party is asked to drop off donations of non-perishable food, clothing, toys and other items at the South Valley Church at 24551 Valley Street in Newhall, south of Lyons Avenue.

“We have the space here, so we’re willing to have people drop off clothing and food,” said Marc Botello, the church’s outreach coordinator. “We will be the drop-off point.”

As the Haspers learned last year, preparing donated kids’ clothes is right up there with preparing the turkey and preparing the stuffing when prepping for the Thanksgiving feast itself, scheduled for Nov. 28.

“Helping out and lending a hand is what it’s all about,” said Pastor Kevin Pisano. “We are just thankful the Lord is blessing us and the church.”

On the day of the “feast,” volunteers plan to transfer all the donated items to the street party site, he said.

The Haspers said they want to make sure that anyone who wants to donate can do so and, at the same time, make sure there’s enough food on the day of the “feast.”

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