If you feel that Thanksgiving is a holiday born out of political hypocrisy, yet still enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of cornbread stuffing and roasted birds, here's a charitable event that is right up your cornucopia: Gobble Gobble Give 2013. For the last 10 years, Gobble Gobble Give has organized Thanksgiving Day food runs for the homeless in larger cities across the country. In 2012, 10,000 homeless people in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Harlem and Las Vegas were fed home-cooked meals and given toiletry kits and clean blankets by volunteers with a passion for feeding as well as eating. But you don't have to be a cook to participate — Gobble Gobble Give needs drivers, boxers and other eager beavers to help this event run smoothly. They will even give you turkeys to warm up and bring to the Echo on Thursday morning ready to slice and dice — and if you can't be there, you can definitely donate financially ahead of time. With this nonprofit, you can rest assured that 100 percent of your donation will go directly to feeding the homeless. For founder Barry Walker and comrades, this event is not just about pumpkin pie, although that's a big part of it — it's about showing L.A.'s homeless and needy that they are indeed worthy of care. Yes, in practice Thanksgiving is currently marked by medical-grade over-gorging, but at heart it's meant to commemorate acts of truly unselfish kindness. Be the change you wish to see in the world, people! The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Thurs., Nov. 28; free. (213) 413-8200, gobblegobblegive.wordpress.com.

Thu., Nov. 28, 10 a.m., 2013

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