The holidays are a hard time for many folks — whether it be distance from family, lacking the resources to provide a proper meal or struggling with homelessness.
And this year may be even harder because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused job losses and financial hardship, and caused health officials to urge against large family gatherings for Thanksgiving.
So to help those most in need, Wrap the Kids — a Long Beach nonprofit that finds employment for those dealing with homelessness — hosted a Thanksgiving dinner drive-thru and walk-up event outside on Orleans Way in North Long Beach on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
“These holiday food drives are very important” said Susanna Twaite, founder of Wrap the Kids. “So many families are not going to be having dinners this year, spending it alone.
“Nonprofits and other organizations,” she added, “should all be giving a helping hand to those who most need it.”
Around 70 people were expected to drop by the pickup spot, following pink balloons and signs that read “Food drive this way” to get there. Along with a turkey dinner, they received hygiene kits that included face masks and hand sanitizer bottles.
The meals and kits — purchased using donations to the nonprofit — have been more important to give out than any other year because of the devastating effect the coronavirus has had on those who are homeless, Twaite said.
“Most of our volunteers have experienced homelessness,” Twaite said. “We know what its like to be without.
“I just hope this can bring a little holiday cheer,” she added, “and help get them back on their feet.”