As the holiday season quickly approaches, many Angelenos are busy prepping for their festivities and family time. And many are also getting ready to serve the less fortunate during this time of giving. From volunteering your time, food, or money, you have the power to make a significant impact in someone else’s life. Take a look at 7 places where you could do some good this Thanksgiving!
To begin with, we have the Los Angeles Mission which hosts an annual Thanksgiving celebration! On average, they serve over 3,000 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds of mashed potatoes, 800 pounds of green beans, and 600 pies to their neighbors experiencing homelessness. You can register online to attend a volunteer orientation at the Los Angeles Mission and make a difference this Thanksgiving day!
The Union Rescue Mission has an annual Thanksgiving celebration that is hosted by over 200 volunteers! Each year the Union Rescue Mission serves around 4,000 guests as they offer food, fun, and festivities.
For over 16 years, The Midnight Mission has served thousands of people in need on Thanksgiving day with meals made completely from scratch! But, the Midnight Mission can’t do it all alone, that is why they need volunteers to help prepare and serve the men, women, and children who will be attending the big feast.
With over three decades of tradition serving the community with a free sit-down Thanksgiving dinner. The Westside Community provides free haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, medical, optical, and dental services, vaccinations, a resource fair, and a children’s carnival. The community can get involved by volunteering, donating food/clothing and donating funds!
Next, we have the Westside Food Bank’s 5th Annual Turkey Drive! Members can make a donation to help them provide additional turkeys and other holiday food items to local families.
Lastly, we have the L.A. Food Bank, which without volunteers, the Food Bank would not be able to provide food for thousands of hungry people every week. They provide food support to numerous community agencies serving Los Angeles, ranging from large homeless shelters that feed hundreds of people a day. They host an Operation Gobble which occurs during the days leading up to Thanksgiving, where they collect canned food for families in need!