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We are reprinting information from the Santa Monica Museum of Art and Union Station Homeless Services about how you can help the homeless this holiday season, starting with food drives this weekend.

Santa Monica Museum of Art

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, join SMMoA for a food drive and Cause for Creativity workshop to benefit the individuals at the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC), the largest and most comprehensive provider of housing and services on the Westside to low-income and homeless communities.

This week only SMMoA will be accepting your generous donations! All donors will receive FREE participation in the Furoshiki Thanksgiving Bundles workshop led by artist Jay Lizo this Sunday; a raffle entry to win 4 tickets to KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil; and a free Cirque du Soleil clown nose.

Donation drop-off period: Now through November 21, 11 am – 6 pm at SMMoA
Furoshiki Thanksgiving Bundles workshop with Jay Lizo: Sunday, November 22, 2 – 5 pm

Food drive list

Food drive flyer

Union Station Homeless Services

WHAT: A star-studded list of celebrities, including actor Hector Elizondo (Monk, Cane, The Princess Diaries), actress Jane Kaczmarek (Raising The Bar, Malcolm in the MIddile), actress Alison Sweeney (The Biggest Loser, Days of Our Lives), and writer and producer Michael White (Nacho Libre, School of Rock), will join thousands of community volunteers on Thanksgiving Day to feed homeless men, women and children at Union Station Homeless Services’ Dinner-in-the-Park.

Volunteers from the greater Pasadena community will purchase, prepare and serve more than 5,000 meals at Union Station Homeless Services’ annual Thanksgiving Dinner-in-the-Park.  Meal recipients will include homeless adults and families, senior citizens, and those who are alone at the holidays or unable to afford a holiday meal.

WHEN: Thanksgiving Day, November 26, Noon – 2 pm

WHERE: Central Park, Pasadena • Raymond Avenue between Green Street and Del Mar Boulevard; two blocks south of Colorado Blvd.

HOW:  The community is invited to drop off fully cooked turkeys, hams, side dishes and desserts (safely prepared in disposable aluminum containers) at the corner of Fair Oaks and Del Mar, 9:30 – 11:00 am on the morning of the event.

Additional volunteer opportunities include:
9:30 – 11 am • Set up tables and chairs
11:30 am – 2 pm • Serve food and beverages
1:00 – 4 pm • Break down tables and chairs, wash dishes, clean up (We are often short of afternoon volunteers; please consider volunteering to assist with clean up).

To volunteer, contact (626) 240-4550 x 103 or volunteer@unionstationhs.org.

SPONSOR: To learn how you or your company can sponsor Dinner-in-the-Park, contact Victoria Stubrin at (626) 240-4557.

Food drive: An additional community-organized food drive on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22

Food drive list

Dinners in the Park: How to help with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners