- Reporters Desk
This column may be called Random Opportunities to Give Back, but it could just as well be called random opportunities to be generous when for three-quarters of the year we are absorbed with all things connected to ourselves. This holiday season is a chance for us to connect to our neighbors and our communities, to offer a kind word and a helping hand to folks in need.
Harbor Interfaith Services
During this holiday season, Harbor Interfaith is planning to distribute more than 700 complete meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The organization needs your help with donations. Here are the items needed: frozen turkeys (Thanksgiving), spiral hams (Christmas); canned vegetables, potatoes, stuffing mix, canned yams or sweet potatoes, cake mixes and frosting and grocery store gift cards.
Times: 5 p.m Nov. 22 and 5 p.m. Dec. 19
Details: 310-831-0603 x224
Venue: Harbor Interfaith Services, 670 W. 9th St., San Pedro
Warren Chapel C.M.E Church
Enjoy a free community Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by Warren Chapel C.M.E Church and Justice for Murdered Children.
Time: 12 to 4 p.m. Nov. 23
Venue: Toberman Neighborhood Center, 1039 W. Elberon Ave., San Pedro
A Needy Wilmington
Come out and help the many volunteers from Wilmington’s charitable community serve a hot Thanksgiving meal to those in needs. Clothing, toys, and toiletries will also be distributed.
Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Nov 28
Venue: D Street between Avalon Boulevard and Maine Avenue, Wilmington
God’s Army United Services
For 30-plus years, God’s Army has responded to the hunger crisis in various Counties and Countries by providing food, clothing, and shelter to people in need. The concept came to founder Vern Elder Ryan after his many years of service with the Los Angeles and Long Beach Food banks. Come to the first Saturday of the month to learn how to partner with GAUS. Sign up your organization for weekly free food pick up.
Details: 424-558-4427; www.gaunitedservices.org
New Challenge Ministries Torrance
Service is available to anyone and is not based upon religious affiliation. This is a program to serve the community and those in need. Food offered varies from day-to-day, but includes milk, eggs, cheese, bread, vegetables, fruits or juices.
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Venue: New Challenge Ministries, 21804 Halldale Ave., Torrance
Long Beach Rescue Mission
Providing a meal is often the first step to meeting the immediate needs of men, women, and children who are in a state of despair and hopelessness. With your help and generosity, our kitchen serves around 250,000 meals per year.
Time: 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m., daily
Venue: 1430 Pacific Ave., Long Beach
Coast Christian Fellowship
Give out free groceries for those in need.
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays
Venue: Coast Christian Fellowship, 4000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance
The School Food Pantry
Food pantry provides a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. Groceries are provided to families and individuals.
Time: Every first and third Friday of the month (Pantry services will be closed when school is not in session)
Venue: Stevenson Elementary School, 515 Lime Ave., Long Beach
Community Food Pantry
Everyone needs to have the ability to nutritious healthy food. The program Food Pantry offers healthy food to homelessness and low-income families in the community.
Time: Every fourth Wednesday of the month
Venue: Lilly of the Valley Church 3056 Sante Fe Ave Long Beach
Food Net-San Pedro Service Center
Food Net Center provides food to low-income families and seniors.
Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
Venue: Food-Net San Pedro Service Center, 769 W. 3rd St., San Pedro
San Pedro Temple Corps
The Salvation Army in San Pedro is responsible to lead by assessing meals which includes serving food.
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fridays
Venue: 138 S. Bandini St., San Pedro
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
For 28 years, Mt. Sinai gives back by hosting its Annual Harvest Community Dinner and clothing drive. Church members donate, prepare and serve the meals. Last year, more than 200 meals were served. In addition to the meal, while supplies last, the guest will be able to take away clothing, non-perishable food items as well as toiletry items.
Time: 12 p.m. Nov. 23
Details: 310-833-3223; mtsinaisanpedro.org/
Venue: Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 225 S. Mesa St., San Pedro