*The annual E.J. Jackson Foundation Turkey Dinner Giveaway went down in Los Angeles on Tuesday (11-22-16) and thousands waited in incredibly long lines to receive Thanksgiving Holiday meals. The event happened in spite of the death of Ellsworth “E. J.” Jackson, the events founder earlier this month from a heart attack.
“His legacy will live on, and on behalf of our family, I want to say thank you so much for showing your love and sharing my father’s love,” Jackson’s son, Tyron, said through tears the day after his father’s death.
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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) started the day off with a prayer and a moment of silence for Jackson Tuesday, reported City News Service.
“E.J. Jackson was a generous man,” Waters said. “E.J. Jackson was a kind man.”
As we reported, E. J. Jackson was the founder and owner of Jackson Limousine. The service was used by the elite and people in the ‘hood. E.J. was also known for the annual turkey giveaway. This year’s was the 34th. The event also attracted a bevy of celebrities such as Lou Gossett Jr., Edward James Olmos, Tone Loc, Dawnn Lewis, KiKi Shepard and Rep. Maxine Waters who volunteered their time to help package and hand out food boxes to the thousands of needy residents who would sometimes wait in line for days.
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