The working-class neighborhood of Pacoima in Los Angeles is home to a large immigrant community, and many have lost their jobs in service industries because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 100 families got a hand from El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program recently, in Partnership with former L.A. Dodger Yasiel Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation.

Families that registered for the event received boxes filled with about $400 worth of food and essential items to help them during these unprecedented times.

“It’s important to give because I remembered what it was like when I have nothing, and I didn’t know if I was going to eat or not,” said Puig. “I made a promise to God that no matter what, kids can count on me, so they don’t go through what I went through- so life can be easier for them. I may not know how to express myself to well, but everybody has a heart, and we all speak that language of the heart.”

Food and other essential items are loaded into vehicles at El Nido Family Centers in Pacoima during a giveaway by El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Program in Partnership with Yasiel Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation Monday, May 18, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Vehicles pull up to receive food and other essential items at El Nido Family Centers in Pacoima during a giveaway by El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Program in Partnership with Yasiel Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation Monday, May 18, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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A girl looks on as food and other essential items are loaded into her van at El Nido Family Centers in Pacoima during a giveaway by El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Program in Partnership with Yasiel Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation Monday, May 18, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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Volunteers wait to distribute food and other essential items at El Nido Family Centers in Pacoima during a giveaway by El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Program in Partnership with Yasiel Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation Monday, May 18, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Volunteers place essential items into bags at El Nido Family Centers in Pacoima during a giveaway by El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Program in Partnership with Yasiel Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation Monday, May 18, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Fresh fruit and other essential items at El Nido Family Centers in Pacoima during a giveaway by El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Program in Partnership with Yasiel Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation Monday, May 18, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Boxes of food and other essential items are loaded into vehicles at El Nido Family Centers in Pacoima during a giveaway by El Nido’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) …read more

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