Celebrities and political leaders will be among hundreds of volunteers who will serve meals to the homeless and perform foot washing at the Los Angeles Mission this Easter.

Easter Week foot washing is a Christian tradition and an act of humbleness and service – memorializing that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples the night before he was crucified. Many who are on the streets seldom have normal loving human contact – and this outreach of food, foot washing with podiatric care and new shoes is a way of inviting them to learn about the Mission’s services, including its long term program of restoration – in order to get off the streets permanently.

Scheduled to attend: Boo Boo Stewart (Twilight Eclipse), Yani Gellman, (Pretty Little Liars), Amara Miller (the Descendants), Christa B. Allen (Revenge), DeVaughn Nixon (Prom), Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn), Shaunie O’Neal (Basketball Wives), Savannah Jayde, Kelli Goss, Denyse Goss (Jennifers 1, 2 & 3 from Big Time Rush), Isabella Rae Thomas (Brothers and Sisters), Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and many others.

More than 1000 hand-packed Easter baskets will be distributed to children, and over 4000 meals served. Over 2,000 pairs of new shoes will be distributed. etniesSM, the world’s leading Action Sports footwear and apparel manufacturer, is donating the shoes, and will have staff on hand to ensure a proper fit for everyone.

WHEN: Friday, April 6, 2012 (Good Friday) Street event from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
4:30 am Food preparations, shoe set-up, and Easter Basket packing will begin in the Mission kitchen and dining area (Continues until 10:30 am)
5:00 am Breakfast served to overnight guests and those living at the Mission
6:00 am Breakfast will be served to guests in line outside
Street is closed to traffic to allow set-up of tents, tables, etc.
10:45 am Celebrities and other volunteers arrive on street.
11:00 am Food Service Begins — 11:15 am Foot Washing Begins – Easter basket distribution begins
3:00 pm Event Ends.

WHERE: The Los Angeles Mission at 5th & Wall Street. The entire block of 5th Street between Wall and San Pedro will be closed to vehicular traffic that day. The street closure starts at 6:00 AM.

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