As the holiday season approaches, I’m reminded how fortunate and blessed my family and me are to be healthy and to have a roof over our head. Over the last few years, I have become more involved in service to others, particularly to those that are less fortunate. The ability to help others is so incredibly gratifying, that I never have reservations about sharing that with anyone. Just imagine, if everyone were to do just a few hours of service in his or her community every week, what a vastly different place the world would be. While working at Wells Fargo, a few years ago, I was introduced to Los Angeles Mission, located in Skid Row. I helped serve Thanksgiving dinner a few years in a row and I was hooked. Los Angeles Mission serves nearly 2000 meals daily. Just imagine how difficult that must be with rising food costs and staggering unemployment.
But they can’t do it alone and they need our help. Los Angeles Short Sale Assistance Center has partnered with Los Angeles Mission during the holidays to bring in donations for food, clothing and household essentials. Some of the items they have requested are: Clothing, coats (slightly worn is OK), socks, toothpaste, coffee, sugar etc. Socks are an item which is greatly needed. Just imagine, if you were serving nearly two thousand meals a day, what would it take to run a kitchen with that great a demand? To schedule a pick up or to get more information – just call 323-445-2674, or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will let you know how you can jump into service for this worthy cause. You can go directly to Los Angeles Mission located at 5th and Wall Streets, just let them know we sent you and they will take your donations with a huge thanks. Remember, never allow yourself to think that just one coat wouldn’t make a huge difference. If you were to donate one coat, that’s one person that would be warm tonight, that necessarily wouldn’t be without your help. The drive runs from October 10th, 2011 to December 15th, 2011. I thank you in advance for your gallant efforts in this fight against homelessness.