For the past six years, The city of Inglewood, California has organized a turkey giveaway for its residents. Though turkeys are the focal point, the entire event is one of community-building. This year, music and excitement filled the SoFi Stadium, where the event was held. Aside from Los Angeles Rams DJ Malski ensuring that the playlist was on point, the 7th annual Inglewood turkey giveaway welcomed several special guests.
Rams and Chargers players lent a helping hand to the cause, as did Long Beach native Snoop Dogg. An additional 180 residents planned and prepped, volunteering their time to ensure that the annual event ran smoothly. For community members, the turkey giveaway provides both food and entertainment. But for many of the volunteers, the opportunity to support the Inglewood community held special significance.
“As a kid, I dreamed of a lot of things and to be able to give back was one of the things that I’ve always dreamed about,” Snoop Dogg told ABC 7. “Because I was a kid that wanted it and had aspirations, so once I became successful and was able to connect with the mayor and connect with a city like Inglewood, to be able to give back annually, and to make sure it really touches the community.”
With celebrities showing up to support the cause, Inglewood’s annual event has grown. This is the second year the giveaway took place at the SoFi stadium, and locals look forward to the celebratory event. With 2,500 Inglewood residents leaving with turkeys, stadium officials anticipate continuing the tradition indefinitely.
COVID hit many communities hard, with loss of income and job insecurity giving the holiday season a layer of stress. Inglewood’s giveaway eliminated some of that stress for 2,500 of its residents and their families, which is no small feat.
“We’ve always had a sense of community,” said Inglewood Mayor James Butts. “But what Snoop did is he gave us our celebrity presence, so now the world pays attention to what we do in Inglewood.”