Thanksgiving: What really happens when celebs hand out turkeys

They’re the photos you can count on seeing every Thanksgiving. Kim Kardashian donning an apron, Kevin Hart cracking jokes while dishing out the gravy and Harrison Ford dazzling customers with his charm.

Yes, we’re talking about celebrities handing out turkey and hot meals for Thanksgiving with the Los Angeles Mission charity.

The foundation hosts multiple celebrities who want to do good every year by serving food to the homeless and those in need during the holidays.

It’s obviously a much-needed cause but there’s no denying the celebrities enjoy themselves while doing their bit for those less fortunate.

So what really happens when Hollywood’s a-list rock up to the LA Mission’s hotspot to serve turkey?

Herb Smith, president of the Mission, detailed the annual process to Metro.co.uk.

‘We have dozens of folks from the entertainment industry who have generously given their time to serve the homeless at the Mission’s holiday events. Any attempt to list them will certainly be inadequate,’ Smith admitted.


Too many names to count? That can only be a good thing.

Although Smith is clear to state that not all celebrities who help the charity show their face on Thanksgiving, stating: ‘There are many who come and don’t want the media fanfare. We always accommodate them when we can.’

Smith reveals that the charity ‘typically prepare nearly a ton of turkey’ to fulfill demand for their Thanksgiving event.

That sure is a lot of turkey.

Detailing the events of the day, Smith explained: ‘The celebrities arrive in advance of the event, are issued an apron and gloves, and briefed on what they will be doing.

‘We have two-hour shifts, so that we can accommodate more volunteers and be sensitive of their time. We start serving at 11, so the first shift will go onto the street where the event is held a little early for media, then get specific instructions on the serving protocols and food safety.’


He continued: ‘Some of our celebrity volunteers work in the tent where the food for the meal is put on plates, and others take those hot plates of food and serve our homeless guests. It is very restaurant-like – food is served as people sit down, so it is fresh and hot. Others clean up after the guests are finished, and reset the tables as new guests arrive.’

It doesn’t just stop at serving food either as Smith reveals some of the celebrities actually volunteer at the foot washing tent too, which also features at their Easter event.

‘At the Christmas event we have a wonderfully decorated winter wonderland tent, where children can visit Santa and receive toys. Many celebrities chose to volunteer there,’ Smith revealed.

While the Mission doesn’t want to single out particular celebrities, there’s one whose charitable efforts just can’t go unnoted.


‘Kirk and Anne Douglas have been involved since 1992 both in supporting the work of the Mission, and the creation and initial (and ongoing) funding of the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Mission,’ Smith said.

The legendary Spartacus actor, who is aged 102, and his wife have donated ‘millions of dollars over the last 20 years’, Smith shared.

He recalled one funny incident that happened when Kirk was helping out one year, revealing: ‘Kirk wanted to taste the turkey gravy one year prior to serving, and the media enjoyed that. We had to replace the spoon so he could serve the gravy after that.’

Smith added of their other famous volunteers: ‘Others have donated, but have asked us to maintain their anonymity. We consider their participation to have value.’

Ah, isn’t it nice when the rich and famous give back?

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