Midnight Mission Volunteer City Leaders Serve Thousands of Thanksgiving Meals to Those in Need

Volunteers with Midnight Mission and Los Angeles city leaders helped organize a Thanksgiving party Thursday for the uninhabited on Skid Row.

After scaling down its annual Thanksgiving program last year due to coronavirus restrictions, this year Midnight Mission on Skid Row brought back its annual festive tradition of providing brunch and live music to nearly 2,500 homeless people.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Kevin de León also attended the festivities, both of which underscored the need to provide assistance to those who were not at home.

“The volunteers were also able to sit down and talk to someone. So a homeless person is not just a statistic, it’s a story. It’s not just a number, but a story, a name,” Garcetti said.

De León said that last year alone, over 1,383 people lost their lives on the streets of LA

“I think it’s time for us to move to have it in ourselves to lean in with all the power we have at all levels of government to provide the housing that is needed sooner rather than later. , “they added León.

For many volunteers at Thursday’s event, they could not imagine celebrating Thanksgiving without giving back to the less fortunate.

Quennisha Gordan, a volunteer at the event, said Skid Row is not just ground zero for the homeless or those struggling with substance abuse, as the pandemic affected many families in unimaginable ways. Many people who had jobs and homes a year ago have since lost their livelihoods after the pandemic, she said.

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