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This is the season for sharing in LA and there are plenty of ways you can help those that need it most. From volunteering your time, your extra food or a few dollars out of your wallet, you can make all the difference in someone’s life. We have curated a list of some great places to do good this Thanksgiving.
Los Angeles Mission
303 East 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (213) 629-1227
You can register online to attend a volunteer orientation at the Los Angeles Mission. If that doesn’t fit your schedule, you can still make a difference this Thanksgiving by helping to provide Thanksgiving meals to those who would otherwise go without. Donations may be made online.
Union Rescue Mission
545 San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213) 347-6300
The Union Rescue Mission is expecting record-breaking crowds this Thanksgiving and needs our help. Donations may be made online. Families looking to volunteer will still find a number of volunteer opportunities available, including Thanksgiving meal set up. Check the website for information about signing up to attend a volunteer orientation.
The Midnight Mission
601 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
The Midnight Mission needs our help to make sure they can adequately serve the men, women, and children who will come by for a Thanksgiving meal. There are a number of ways to get involved including making a monetary donation and donating your time. Check the website for details.
Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration
Bandshell of the West LA Civic Center (The Old Courthouse Skate Park) Santa Monica Blvd. west of 405, at Corinth Ave.
The Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Celebration has been feeding the community for more than three decades. In addition to a lovely sit-down Thanksgiving dinner, they also provide guests with haircuts, blankets, clothing, and more. Families can get involved by by volunteering (there are a number of opportunities – check the website for details); donating food and/or clothing (check the website to find out what they most need); and donating funds.
Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park
Pasadena Central Park
Del Mar and Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA
Phone: (626) 240-4550
Union Station Homeless Services has been hosting holiday celebrations for forty-six years. They need our help to help make Thanksgiving a success. Dinner in the Park will be held from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. There are a number of ways to get involved including making a donation (check the website for a list of items they most need), donating funds, and donating time.
One Incredible Family
7726 West Manchester Avenue
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Phone: (310) 313-0123
One Incredible Family needs volunteers for their 24th Annual Homeless Feeding and Banner Creation. There are many opportunities to get involved including cooking, delivery, and donations of juice boxes, waters, and pies. Check the website for details.
The Westside Food Bank Turkey Drive Fundraiser
1710 22nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 828-6016
You can help with the Annual Turkey Drive. Every donation helps provide additional turkeys and other holiday food items to local families. Every dollar raised is enough to provide 4 meals to your neighbors in need. Check the website for details.
LA Food Bank
1701 East 41st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058
Phone: (323) 234-3030
Operation Gobble happening on multiple days leading up to Thanksgiving (and a few days after Thanksgiving). Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Registration information, dates, and times are available online.
Hope of the Valley
8165 San Fernando Road
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Phone: (818) 392-0020
Hope of the Valley needs our help in serving the largest Thanksgiving dinner in the valley. Homeless individuals and those in need will enjoy a special meal the day before Thanksgiving. In addition, there is a street fair where guests will receive sleeping bags, fresh fruit and vegetables, hair cuts, and much more. Check the website for ways to help.
Big Sunday’s 7th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event
6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (323) 549-9944
Families can join Big Sunday in filling bags with delicious holiday food for hungry people around Los Angeles. Volunteers will also enjoy arts and crafts, music, breakfast, and a good time! Families may help by attending the event on Wednesday, November 21st from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and/or donating needed items. Check the website for details.
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