A man who served his country and worked his entire adult life to provide for his family. A single mother whose job in the food service industry gave her the income to afford a small apartment, food, other living expenses and an occasional treat for herself and her two children. A young man, just a year out of college, using his degree to begin what he hopes will be a high-paying career in post-production. Not one of those people — like countless others with similar stories — ever thought they would be in need of the services of the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. Yet today, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the unemployed, financially challenged, hungry and homeless are no longer just those on the fringes of society. They are our friends, former co-workers and neighbors. They are our fellow Burbankers.
“A Scout is helpful” is one of the twelve points of the Scout Law. With a shortage of protective gear for front line health workers, first responders, and at-risk members of the community, Scout Troop 209 saw an opportunity to be helpful. From the idea of one parent, a group of Scout and parent volunteers began meeting via Zoom and figuring out sewing patterns, acquiring materials, and distributing production assignments for the group. According to Assistant Scoutmaster Chris Lucsik, approximately 500 masks have been delivered, including 300 delivered to the Burbank Police Department on Tuesday. In addition to the police department, masks have been provided to Burbank Temporary Aid Center, local senior groups and churches as a means of protecting at-risk individuals. A Scout is thrifty is another point of the Scout law and parents were resourceful in finding donations of fabric from numerous sources.
Troop 209 offers the Scouts BSA program to male and female youth and is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church on Glenoaks Boulevard.
This past Tuesday afternoon, a maroon-colored compact car pulled up in the parking lot behind the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. Adjusting his mask into place, the casually dressed driver got out and opened the back door, revealing bags and boxes of food items.
Moments later, after unloading his haul into a shopping cart, the man pushed it to the donation receiving area where he was greeted by BTAC Executive Director Barbara Howell; Roger Koll, who serves as the president of the nonprofit organization’s board; and Michael Flood, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Continue reading “Aid Center Responds to ‘Tsunami’ of Need Amid Crisis”
Carolyn (Lynn) Lee Turner, 78, of Burbank, passed away on April 24, 2020, of natural causes at her home in Burbank.
Funeral services arrangements are by Forest Lawn Hollywood Hill. Memorial service arrangements are pending.
Carolyn was born in Burbank to Lee and Catherine Behymer on September 27, 1941. She attended school in Burbank and graduated from John Burroughs High School.
Carolyn married Peter H. Turner.
She was involved and volunteered with the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Tournament of Roses, Masonic Eastern Star, Red Hat Ladies and the Burbank Police Department.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Peter as well as her mother and father, Lee and Catherine Behymer. There are no current living relatives.