Valley shelters provide holiday comfort to local homeless
by Jonathan Whritenour
Many families will be celebrating Thanksgiving in their homes, but many people will not be able to do that because they are homeless. Luckily, there are shelters, charities and churches looking to feed them on this joyful holiday. Every year, the generous members of these organizations take time out of their schedule to feed the poor citizens of the Coachella Valley.
One of the local shelters doing this is Martha’s Village and Kitchen. They are currently looking for donations from the citizens of the Valley, and are going to have a 5k run on Nov. 24 to raise money for the Thanksgiving dinner they are providing to the homeless. The run will be held at La Quinta Park, on Adams Street and Westward Ho Drive. Named the “5K Fun Run,” it will start at 6:30 a.m. and will cost $35.
The next day, on Thanksgiving, Martha’s Village and Kitchen will serve their traditional holiday lunch. There will be food baskets, turkey, pumpkin pies, green beans, potatoes, and cranberries. Other places partaking in feeding the homeless for Thanksgiving include: Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, The Salvation Army, Poorman’s Insurance and many local churches. Two of these churches are: The Narrow Door Church and Victory Over Darkness.
The Narrow Door Church will have a Thanksgiving dinner outreach. The church plans on doing this big event at Miles Park in Indio. Volunteers can bring cooked sealed meals to the event. All day, the church will be welcoming volunteers to help feed the homeless. “It would be great for the people in the Valley to help reach out to the community in need,” said church attendee Roger Porter.
Victory Over Darkness church will serve Thanksgiving food to the homeless in Desert Hot Springs. The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission will serve food to the homeless as well. They will serve 3,000 Thanksgiving boxes to families on Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. The food will be donated by citizens and organizations in the Valley. They would like citizens to donate items such as: ham, bacon, sausage, vegetables, butter, plasticware and turkey. “We plan on giving out numerous food boxes to the homeless, early in the morning on Nov. 22,” said Rescue Mission member Olga Betancourt.
Poorman’s Insurance, a nonprofit organization, will donate some food to the Rescue Mission as well. They donate 1,000 turkeys to families that live along Interstate 10. The Salvation Army will have a community Thanksgiving luncheon the day before Thanksgiving. It will take place in Riverside, California at the Riverside Corps. They estimate they will serve meals to 700 families.