COMPTON, Calif -- They showed up at MLB Urban Youth Academy at 3 in the morning Tuesday and waited seven hours to get their free turkey at the 11th Annual Healthy Family Update and Turkey Giveaway, a community event that started in 2004 with 300 turkeys given out to low-income families. In 2015 the number has risen to 11,000. So members of the local community and politicians joined with the Dodgers and the baseball community to help hand out the turkeys.
"It's a wonderful thing, but at the same time it's also a sad thing," said California State Senator Isadore Hall III, who originally created the event and whose 35th District represents Compton. "People are still hungry and people are still hurting and there's still work to be done. The great thing is that we have community partners working with us to help accommodate that need. Major League Baseball is one of those partners who have a voice in what we're doing and the Urban Youth Academy is a fitness academy that helps teach kids baseball, but also helps keep people in shape -- so it's good that the event is here because this is exactly the purpose of what we are trying to do."
Ben Platt is a national correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.