Giving In Santa Monica, Opportunities To Shine

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Santa Monica Catholic Community

SMCC will be hosting their 34th annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the needy. THey will also distribute toiletries and clothing to the needy.  Non-perishable food items, clothing donations, and toiletries can be left in bins outside of the Duval Center before and after all weekend Masses in November through Sunday, November 24. The Dinner will be  Wednesday, November 27, 2013 3-6 p.m. in the auditorium. For more information visit

Westside Food Bank 

Westside Food Bank has an innovative solution to food donations. You can use its commerce site to select the Thanksgiving food items you would like to donate and then pay for them online. For more information visit Westside Food Bank

Westside Thanksgiving Celebration

The Westside Thanksgiving Celebration at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is open to everyone. Guests will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. The Vision Project and the Westside Thanksgiving Day Dinner Committee will also provide the homeless with flu shots and basic medical care, eye drops, glasses, clothing, blankets and haircuts. The turkey feast will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is located at 1855 Main St.

One Voice

Santa Monica–based One Voice puts on an annual Holiday Food Program to distribute Christmas food baskets, toys and books to more than 2,500 families living in poverty in the LA area. On the Thursday and Friday before Christmas, more than 2,000 volunteers come together to prep, sort and package food—it’s a festive atmosphere with holiday music and lots of socializing. Saturday, volunteers deliver the food and toys to seven distribution centers, and on Sunday, families arrive to receive the goods and celebrate with volunteers. To be part of the celebration, check One Voice’s volunteer info page and fill out a registration form.

One Incredible Family

This organization comes together to prepare meals, which volunteers bring to different shelters in West LA to be handed out by shelter volunteers. If you’re interested in the prep and cooking, but maybe not ready for the interaction side of things, this could be the group for you. Each November, OIF hosts its annual Homeless Feeding, an all-day event including meal prep, assembly and packing, delivery and serving at different shelters, and post-event cleanup. You can either donate your time or drop off key necessities like pre-cooked turkeys, pies, juice boxes, water or delivery vans (you know, if you have one handy).

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