Major League Baseball is helping about 5,000 homeless people and families in Compton, Calif., have a Thanksgiving dinner.
MLB has donated $10,000 to the Mozel Sanders Foundation, which puts on the annual Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Dinner West Coast. The meal will be served by participants of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, and will be held at Compton Community College on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.
"Major League Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities, but perhaps most importantly, we are members of communities that sustain our clubs, facilities and initiatives," said Frank Robinson, MLB's executive vice president of baseball development. "The Compton community has been tremendously supportive of our efforts at the MLB Urban Youth Academy to provide local youth with opportunities on and off the field, so we are pleased to give back to those in this area who are in need during this holiday season."
The late Dr. Rev. Mozel Sanders created the annual dinner as a way to help feed families in need in Indianapolis, and 41 years after its inception, the Thanksgiving Dinner Event now serves 40,000 dinners to families each year.
"When we first introduced my father's dream to Southern California one year ago, the goal was to extend the vision to the West Coast," said Bishop Richard D. Sanders, chief operating officer of Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Dinner West Coast, Inc. "I am appreciative to all who will help carry on the legacy of my father today."
Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich.