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Kenley Jansen Volunteers at Annual Turkey Giveaway

Jun 7, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) and relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) on the field after the game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This past Friday, All-Star closer Kenley Jansen joined former Dodgers’ Ron Cey and Dennis Powell at Dodger Stadium.

Jansen, Cey, and Powell partnered with a group of volunteers from the organization. Together, they helped distribute turkeys, fixings, and Dodger Dogs to 1,200 pre-selected families, and not-for-profit organizations in Los Angeles.

The event, now in its 14th year, was organized by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, and done in partnership with Smart and Final, Levy Restaurants, and a group of local city officials.

Smart & Final Group’s vice president of marketing Joe VanDette had this to say,

“Smart & Final is about food, but more importantly, we’re about the community and we’re proud to be part of this event.”

This was Kenley’s first time participating in the event, so he asked his wife Gianni to join him. Understandably, fans were delighted to see Kenley.

 

However, one young fan may have been a little too excited…

 

Of course, the Jansen family’s participation in this year’s event is extra special, given the news of Kenley’s off-season heart surgery.

The Dodgers Foundation hosts many charitable efforts each year.  It’s always a great sight to see players and alumni volunteer their time to giveback to the local community.

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Written by Isaac Castro

Born and raised in Southern California, his earliest Dodgers' memories are watching the games from his Grandmother's living room in Oxnard, CA and packing in on Friday nights with his family of 7 to Chavez Ravine. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics, and still resides in enemy territory. He plans on naming his first born after Chase Utley.

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