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Around Orange County over the last year, community members have looked out for each other, teaming up to make sure people have food and other necessities as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll.

Drummers from Thien An Performing Arts perform during the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for isolated seniors in the parking lot outside the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A volunteer loads bags of food into a van during the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for seniors in the parking lot outside the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Lion dancers entertain seniors as the wait in a drive-thru line at the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for seniors in the parking lot outside the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Drummers from Thien An Performing Arts perform during the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for isolated seniors in the parking lot outside the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Lana Phan, 4, left, and her sisters Livie, 6, and Lia, 2, wait for the lion dancers to perform during the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for seniors in the parking lot at the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Stella Hale, 9, a volunteer for Operation Be Kind hands a man a bag containing socks, hand sanitizer and a snack during the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for seniors in the parking lot outside the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

A volunteer hands a senior a bag of food during the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for seniors in the parking lot outside the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Lana Phan, 4, left, and her sister Livie, 6, wait patiently to hand lion dancers money during the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for seniors in the parking lot outside the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Bui Nghiep, right, of Garden Grove hands a lion dancer a envelop with money during the Lunar New Year celebration and drive-thru meal distribution for seniors in the parking lot outside the The Recess Room restaurant in Fountain Valley on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The event, hosted by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners, provided 1000 traditional Lunar New Year meals and gifts for vulnerable, community members. The event celebrates the Year of the Water Buffalo which included a lion dance procession and drummers. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

It could be argued a drive-thru distribution in Fountain Valley on Sunday, Feb. 14, was the most festive yet to be held.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year that was ushered in on Friday, the distribution featured lion dancers, traditional drummers and brightly colored outfits, along with some 1,000 traditional meals.

The event was hosted in the parking lot of The Recess Room by Operation #MovingForwardTogether, the Orange County United Way and a coalition of community partners.

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