Survival Kits For The Homeless

I’m curious how much good survival kits will do as most homeless are mentally ill? If they had a clue about how to take care of themselves, they wouldn’t be homeless?

Pico-Robertson seems to have more homeless every month. I guess they know they will be well-treated in this religious neighborhood.

Albie Cohen emails:

As many of you know, for the past several years, many of us associated with  Young Israel of Century City, B’nai David-Judea and other synagogues, have been helping an organization called The Giving Spirit ( which assembles and delivers survival kits for the homeless during the December holiday season.  In past years, we helped unpack the trucks and boxes the Thursday before the scheduled deliveries and then deliver packages the following Sunday.  I think everyone who participated agrees that these have been eye opening, sobering and rewarding experiences.
This year, B’nai David, Young Israel of Century City and Temple Beth Am have committed to taking a more active role in this effort.  On Sunday, December 6, 2009, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. we will be “sub-assembling” about 2,500 packages that will be going into the survival kits and putting together packages of blankets that will be delivered to the  homeless. This is a very large effort which will require at least 50 volunteers.   We very much need your help and invite you to participate in this important effort.  Of course, we also invite you to help unpack on Thursday, December 10 and deliver the kits on Sunday, December 13.

Here’s the schedule:

1.      December 6, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Assembling Survival Kits for the Homeless at B’Nai David
If you would like to help with this effort, please R.S.V.P. to Albie Cohen at .  As noted above, we have made a commitment to get this done and it is critical that we have enough people to complete this effort.
2.    December 10, 2009, 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Unload, Inventory and Unpack
If you would like to do this, please register at (click on “Register Now,” then click on “The Giving Spirit, December 2009 Events” and then fill in the information for Thursday evening).  The event will take place in the event rooms at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90049
3.    December 13, 2008, 10:30 a.m. – Delivering Survival Kits to the Homeless (cars will be packing up and leaving from Brentwood Presbyterian Church.  We will be done by about   3:00 – 4:00  p.m.)
This is an absolutely amazing experience.  We are going to need at least 20 drivers to deliver all of the kits so we really need your help.  If you would like to help please register at (click on “Register Now,” then click on “The Giving Spirit, December 2009 Events” and then fill in the information for Sunday delivery).  Please try to come with at least one relatively empty van.  We will load the cars at and leave from Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90049.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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