LONG BEACH, CA – Long Beach Rescue Mission will be serving meals to the public this Thanksgiving season. On November 23, Thanksgiving eve, it’s anticipated that dinner will be provided from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. then on Thanksgiving Day, brunch will be served at 10 a.m. to residents only.
The organization is opening their doors to homeless and hungry guests again this year and expressed their need for 54,000 Thanksgiving meals. Their goal for this month is to acquire enough supplies for 18,000 meals by Thanksgiving.
Their Meals For Hungry Neighbors initiative gives people a chance to donate a meal to someone in need. A $2.20 donation covers one meal, but can also lead to nights of safe boarding, warm clothes, toiletries and recovery options for struggling members of the Long Beach community.
Contributors can also host food drives or shop for needed items. Some of the products they need include turkeys, boneless hams, stove top stuffing, pancake mix and fresh potatoes. Canned foods they are requesting include sweet potatoes or yams, green beans and corn. These items can then be dropped off at 1335 Pacific Ave.
Volunteers are needed to serve guests and residents. If interested, email email@example.com or call Ruth Lanuza at (562) 591-1292.
Donations are always welcome. A $50 donation supplies 22 meals. Click here to donate. There’s a one time gift and monthly gift option to help those in need.
Material donations are also always appreciated. Long Beach Rescue Mission has everyday needs for their kitchen, Lydia House, Samaritan House, learning center, maintenance department and administrative department.
Other ways to assist the Long Beach Rescue Mission include donating to their Safe Harbor Club. For generous givers, $500 is requested for the Dinner on Me program to sponsor an entire evening’s dinner. To sponsor a dinner, first choose the date. Then reserve the slot and make the donation. The final step is to write a note for the guests. Their announcement board will include your name and message.
By Laila Freeman