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Los Angeles Christmas by Night

I did this event last year with the Sierra Club and had a great time helping the homeless.  For years, a Sierra Club leader has led a hike through skid row while hikers are giving items to the homeless.  Yes, the meetup starts at 11:45pm and we will be walking, as group, in skid row to distribute items to the homeless.  After the walk, they go for breakfast at about 4am at The Original Pantry.  I will NOT be going to breakfast.

You can help the homeless in two ways.  Go on the hike and distribute items.  Or donate items to be distributed.  You can drop them off that night starting at 11pm.  When you RSVP please indicate that you're only dropping off items.

While I enjoyed the hike last year, I thought some of the logistics needed to be worked out.  There were over 150 people on the hike.  When we walked down a street, if you were at the back of the line, the other hikers had already given the homeless countless items.  The homeless do not have a place to store 10 tubes of toothpaste or toothbrushes. 

So, if they get over 150 people and don't break off into smaller groups, we will break off from the main group and walk a few streets to distribute items.  So we can help as many homeless people as possible.  You may choose to stay with the main group and that's fine too. But, I want to help as many homeless people as possible.

Last year, while we met at 11:45pm, we didn't get to skid row until about 1am, since there was a restroom stop at Union Station.  I hope this year they work out the logistics much better.  

When handing out items to the homeless, please do not just throw items at the homeless.  This happened last year and I was shocked.  Talk to them, wish them Happy Holidays, and ask what they need or say "Would you like a sandwich? Or Would you like a blanket?". 

If you're hiking bringing a wagon, cart or a suitcase with rollers will make the hike much easier. 

I park near the Little Tokyo station and walk to the Chinatown station since I'll stop hiking after giving away all my items.  The Little Tokyo station is a closer walk from skid row.  It's about a mile walk from Little Tokyo to Chinatown. 

Meeting Place:

Chinatown Gold Line Station

901 N. Spring St.

Chinatown Station

Los Angeles[masked]

(North Spring Street at College Street)

Meeting Time:

Hike starts at 11:45pm.

If you are just dropping off items, I will be a the station at 11pm. 

Sierra Club Write Up

Midnight Hike to Help the Homeless @ Downtown L.A.

For 32 years, legendary Sierra Club leaders Stag Brown, Bobcat Thompson and Joe Young have led an overnight hike through Skid Row of Downtown Los Angeles, proving their hearts are as big as their cardiovascular capacity. We will be donating clean clothing, personal hygiene items, food, and whatever your backpack can carry.

This is truly an "Urban Hike" as we put on our packs and hiking boots to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

We'll meet before midnight Saturday night at the Chinatown Metro Gold Line station. The route is about 6 miles round trip, as we seek out citizens in need. The event culminates around 4 AM with the traditional breakfast at the Original Pantry.

Mr. Stag Brown created this annual tradition years ago. For more than 20 years, he led the Wednesday night Griffith Park hikes. He also led hikes for the Hundred Peaks Section. Stag is listed in the Honor Roll of Great Leaders of the Angeles Chapter, alongside his friends Bob "Cat" Thompson and Joe Young.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this hike, mature teenagers included.

HELPFUL HINTS: Wear layers and dress for the weather. Don't wear your fanciest hiking gear, just dress to stay warm. Sturdy walking shoes recommended. Bring WATER to stay hydrated. Bring the biggest backpack you can safely handle. Bring goods to donate. Bring $ for breakfast, possibly parking.

WHERE TO MEET: At the Chinatown Gold Line Station--on Alameda and College Street in Chinatown. Look for the huge crowd!

901 N. Spring St.

Chinatown Station

Los Angeles[masked]

Parking:

There is free street parking near the station.  You may have to walk a few blocks to find it.

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR DONATION:

CLEAN CLOTHES: t-shirts, sweaters, socks, warm hats, gloves, etc

FOOD ITEMS: sandwiches, cookies, cup o'noodles, juice boxes, think non-perishables.  You can bring fruits too.  I found that many homeless people have issues with their teeth, so eating an apple is tough for them.  Oranges, bananas are good fruits to give.

NO CANNED FOODS (they're too heavy)!

PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS: toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, roll on, hand sanitizer

MISCELLANEOUS: blankets, tote bags, duffel bags, bookbags, daypacks


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  • Paula B.

    David, I wanted to thank you for putting together such a wonderful experience for all. It was something I will never forget as long as I live and I will be there next year with more to give. Thank you very much David. Paula

    December 23, 2013

    • Cristina

      Paula, I like your comment, I feel the same way, and will do it again.

      December 26, 2013

  • Cristina

    It was a very nice experience to be able to help others, and see how many people wanted to reach out.
    Thanks David
    Cristina

    December 23, 2013

  • David

    A few reminders. They are expecting a large group for this hike.

    Parking- Free street parking but maybe tough to find. I will not stay for breakfast. So, I'm parking near Little Tokyo Gold Line station which is closer to Skid Row. If there group doesn't break off into smaller groups, I will break off and donate items on other streets.

    December 21, 2013

    • Paula B.

      Hi David. Can you give me the exact location that we are to meet you. Thanks Paula

      December 21, 2013

    • David

      At the Chinatown Gold Line Station. Just click onto that map above.

      December 21, 2013

  • David

    Expect a large crowd from other meetup groups and Facebook pages. Get there early to find parking or carpool.

    December 21, 2013

  • Heidi

    Hi. I will just be dropping of clothes. I have 3 bags of good cloths, some never worn. When I RSVP'd, I didn't see were it said to say if you were just dropping of items or doing the walk. it just sent it. My apologies if I did it wrong.

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • Heidi

      What is the earliest I can get there? It's a lot of nice women's and exercise clothes.

      December 21, 2013

    • David

      I plan to get there about 11:30pm. But, there maybe others there earlier.

      December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first time with this group I can't wait

    December 21, 2013

  • Kim C

    Have a great event David! Very glad you are serving the community in this way. :) I'll miss this one, out of town for the holidays.

    December 20, 2013

  • Erika T.

    What would you recommend to bring?

    December 10, 2013

    • David

      Sandwiches are always good. Lightly used clothing or jackets.

      1 · December 15, 2013

  • Erika T.

    11:30pm?? Night?? Noche??

    December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first time with this group I can't wait

    November 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first time with this group I can't wait

    November 29, 2013

  • Cristina

    Hi David
    I miss my chance last year, I will love to join your group, this a good time to be creative and start packing the items early.
    You are a great leader with a big heart.
    Cristina

    November 12, 2013

  • Tony

    did this several years ago. it's a good thing.

    November 11, 2013

  • Lee A.

    Thanks David...I already signed up with another group.

    November 11, 2013

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