Thousands of homeless men, women and children will be welcomed for a hearty Christmas brunch on Christmas morning. Concurrently, The Midnight Mission will host Santa’s Village where thousands of homeless and near-homeless children will be able to select toys of their choice and meet Santa Claus.
The brunch will take place on Christmas Day, December 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until everyone is served, at The Midnight Mission, 601 South San Pedro Street, LA 90014.
Hundreds of volunteers led by entertainer Dick Van Dyke, KLOS Radio Personality Gary Moore, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls musician Jason Heath, television personality/print journalist/author Mary Murphy and many others will be on hand to serve as elves/helpers, demonstrating how Los Angeles cares about its most needy citizens.
Santa’s Village is made possible by hundreds of volunteers, businesses, service groups and individuals who have helped collect thousands of toys over the last few months to distribute on Christmas.
Children will arrive early in the morning to secure their place in line hours before Santa’s Village opens. Parents will smile as they witness their children’s joy as they meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and select their special gifts. This event will provide our homeless and near-homeless guests not only food but also with the emotional satisfaction that comes with the opportunity to celebrate a nationwide holiday. Of the many benefits that The Midnight Mission provides, one of the most important is the sense of family offered to those who often feel lost and forgotten on the holidays.
“We are grateful to our wonderful donors, volunteers and friends who make it possible for us to continue our life-saving and life-changing programs, especially as we see homelessness continue to rise to epidemic levels. Now, more than ever, we need to work together to restore hope and dignity to those in need,” a spokesperson said in a press release.
Founded in 1914, The Midnight Mission offers paths to self-sufficiency for men, women and children who have lost direction. Emergency services and 12-step recovery, family living, job training, education and workforce development programs offer a compassionate bridge to achieve and maintain healthy, productive lives. The Mission removes obstacles and provides accountability and structure to people who are experiencing homelessness and need to be productive in their communities. For additional information, please visit The Midnight Mission at www.midnightmission.org.