I wanted to do a service project with my daughter this year to be of service to those in our community. I asked her what who she wanted to server with her time and energy and without a moments notice she said “homeless people”. So then I set out to find a way for us to server our community. We selected the Toy Drive by Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles.
From their website
“Founded in 1914, The Midnight Mission has been offering a path to self-sufficiency to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness since 1914. As a comprehensive homeless shelter and homeless services provider serving the Los Angeles homeless community, we take an approach that fuses care and compassion with meaningful accountability, providing the structure and the resources that people experiencing homelessness need to truly improve their lives.
We believe that everyone deserves to live with dignity no matter what they’ve been through, and our multi-faceted approach to homeless services helps our community members make the changes that last.”
Each year they do a toy drive for homeless or near homeless kids. If you would like to help us this year here is information on how to drop off toys or a link to their amazon wish list which you can have shipped right to the Mission.
From The Midnight Mission:
“Donation drop-offs will be accepted at our facility until Christmas Eve but are preferred by December 21. If you need to schedule a pick-up, please let us know a week or so in advance. We will be scheduling pick-ups on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the month of December.
We are looking for gifts for boys and girls from 1 month to 17 years old. The most helpful gifts are Barbie dolls, action figures, board games, school supplies, new socks, and underwear (in unopened packages), books, educational toys, and gift certificates/cards. More gift ideas can be found in the Toy Drive Toolkit.
You can also access our Amazon Wish List and donate toys directly to The Midnight Mission HERE.”