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Penn Serves LA - Serving Thanksgiving Banquet on Skid Row

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Fred Jordan Missions

445 Towne Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90013

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For Penn Alumni and Their Families

Thanksgiving Day on Skid Row bears no resemblance to the holiday most Americans enjoy. Instead of a table piled high with turkey and dressing and all the trimmings, most here on Skid Row will have no table at all. Instead of a soft chair near a crackling fireplace, many will warm themselves near a small bonfire in an empty lot or with outstretched hands over a 50-gallon oil drum filled with burning trash.

This year, Penn Serves LA will join with hundreds of other enthusiastic volunteers and the Fred Jordan Missions to serve a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings to thousands of hungry Americans seated at tables and chairs out in the middle of Fifth Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

Volunteers will directly interact with the community, preparing food and tables for the feast, serving food to the homeless, collecting donations from the public, directing people where to go, cleaning up the area, and generally aiding in organizing the event.

Do I need to be a Penn Alumnus to participate? We welcome Penn Alumni and their spouses, significant others, children and friends to join us, but we request that at least one member of your group be affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania in order to participate.

Where do I go? The Fred Jordan Mission is located at 445 Towne Avenue, on the corner of East Fifth and Towne. For your convenience, we have enclosed a map and directions to the Mission.

What time do I come? We need your help from 8:30am - 3pm. Volunteer for the morning 8:30-11:30, afternoon 11:30-2pm or all day 8:30-2pm!

May I bring my children? We respectfully request that you do not bring children under the age of 12+.

Where do I park? Parking is available on Towne Avenue, between East Fifth Street and East Sixth Street; you can enter on Sixth. Please do not leave anything in your car.

What do I need to bring with me? Please bring a pie with you to be used for desert. The Mission is also having a Thanksgiving Toy Drive this year. So you are welcome to bring an unwrapped toy for our inner-city children which will be given to them at the Mission's annual Christmas Celebration. Barrels will be placed at the Registration Table for toy collection. Please consider bringing water for volunteers too.

Do I need registration forms? All volunteers will receive registration form via email. Please remember to bring the forms with you.

Should I wear my Penn gear? Yes, we always encourage Penn Serves volunteers to wear their favorite Penn t-shirt or hat!

We are delighted that you will be joining us, and we look forward to serving with you at our Thanksgiving Street Banquet.

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Fred Jordan Missions

445 Towne Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90013

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