Like nearly every tradition this year, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Riverside had to adapt their 30-year tradition of giving out Thanksgiving food baskets. A normally indoor community event was shaped into a drive-thru service.

Second in the car line for her 3 p.m. pick-up time was Thelma Lewis, a 73-year-old Riverside resident, who said she received a call to sign up for the service this year.

“Any little bit helps because so many people is in need," said Lewis. "And so many people are missing families and being able to share and be with their families.”

Both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties are asking residents to gather responsibly this Thanksgiving as COVID-19 numbers rose quickly in November.

At a press conference Tuesday, Riverside County Public Health Director Dr. Kim Saruwatari urged residents to plan "smaller, shorter and safer" holiday celebrations.

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San Bernardino National Forest officials warn peak fire season is not yet over and are asking residents to keep on guard while enjoying the forest this holiday week.

A combination of dry vegetation and forecasted Santa Ana winds Thanksgiving weekend means wildfires could still easily ignite and be difficult to control. 

To reduce fire risks, the forest service will continue to prohibit campfires, smoking, and target shooting.

Also, access remains closed for the burn areas of the recent Apple, El Dorado, and Snow fires.

The Peanuts are coming to KVCR! Local fans will have even more ways to watch Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang on their holiday adventures as Apple and PBS team up for special, ad free broadcasts of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this holiday season.  To complement their release on Apple TV+ this holiday season, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will also air on KVCR on November 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm local time. Next month,  “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will also air on KVCR on December 13 at 7:30 pm local time.