The Latin Dukes Car Club of San Fernando recently collected nearly 5,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable goods to donate to MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), the nonprofit organization in Pacoima. This is the fifth year the Latin Dukes have made the donations, first collecting 2,000 non-perishable goods at its Nov. 8 car show, and another 3,000 in perishable goods a week later. “It’s important to do this for all the families in need,” club president Eddie Cisneroz, Sr. said. “We’re trying to help MEND help these people out. We do it for the whole Valley, trying to make sure everybody gets a good Thanksgiving dinner.” Added Cisneroz’s son Eddie Jr., “We want to make a difference. We want to show that Low Riders are not bad people.” (top) Some of of goods collected by the club at its car show. (bottom) Members of The Latin Dukes and MEND.