The Los Angeles Mission will once again receive celebrity help when it hosts its annual Skid Row Easter Event for the Homeless.
A special holiday meal will be served to thousands of men, women and children. Each child will receive an Easter basket, adults will receive hygiene kits. Foot washing, which has both spiritual and practical applications for the homeless, will be provided by the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers.
Over 2,000 pairs of new shoes will be distributed. etnies, 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.
Celebrities and political leaders will be among hundreds of volunteers who will serve the meal, and perform foot washing. Scheduled to appear: Danielle Fishel (Boy Meets World), Stephen Collins (7th Heaven), David Faustino (Married with Children), Brandon Molale (Granite Flats), Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn), Golnesa (G. G.) Gharachedaghi (The Shahs of Beverly Hills), Twitch Boss, Allison Holker (So You Think You Can Dance), Leah Cecil (Miss California), Savannah Jayde (Big Time Rush), Jen Lilley (the Artist), Nick and Sophie Simmons (Gene Simmons Family Jewels), Leslie Hughes (The Bachelor), Booboo Stewart (Twilight series), Judi Shekoni (Twilight series), Brandon Tyler Russell (Smitty), Jared Kusnitz (Underemployed), Zach Callison (Sofia the First), Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarder) and others.
Public officials scheduled to attend include: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Jan Perry, Dennis Zine (in a runoff for City Controller), Joe Buscaino, Councilman-elect Mike Bonin, Council candidate Mitch O’Farrell (in a runoff for District 13), Ron Galperin (In a runoff City Controller) and Carmen Trutanich (Incumbent City Attorney, in a runoff for reelection), and others.
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.
The event takes place Friday, March 29, 2013 (Good Friday) from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Los Angeles Mission at 5th & Wall Street.