LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Giving Spirit - http://www.thegivingspirit.org - is an all-volunteer, Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that unites volunteers to reach out to local individuals and families who are homeless. Twice a year volunteers gather to assemble survival kits filled with daily necessities. The kits are specifically designed to help people experiencing homelessness survive their harsh realities. Volunteers have the unique opportunity to distribute the kits directly to those who need them most. For many volunteers, the chance to connect with those less fortunate is a life-changing experience that affirms the ever-present need for kindness and compassion
Founder Tom Bagamane says the format is simple. "Generous contributions allow us to purchase goods in bulk from discount stores, collect donated items from generous distributors and manufacturers, assemble and fill the bags with the help of volunteers and then distribute the bags directly to our homeless friends throughout this sprawling city. This is what makes our mission so special: We bring the aid to the homeless, so they don't have to travel long distances carrying all their worldly goods (or leaving them unguarded)."
The organization currently conducts two events each year. This month it will hold its 11th annual "December Giving" (Dec. 5 - 12, 2010), during which volunteers will assemble and distribute 2,640 survival kits full of items essential to human wellbeing. Over the past eleven years, the organization has delivered a total of more than 11,000 kits to souls on the street. The Giving Spirit is a 100% volunteer-operated non-profit. This year its fundraising goal is $200,000. Over 95% of every donation directly supports the homeless outreach effort, giving the charitable organization one of the lowest overheads.
In an unprecedented move, The Giving Spirit is inviting press to come down on Sat., Dec. 11th, between 9am - 1pm, to observe as volunteers assemble these kits at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church at 12000 San Vicente Boulevard. Some members of the press can also pre-arrange to ride along with the deliveries to witness the survival kit distribution.
Volunteers can sign up on Facebook or at http://thegivingspiritdecember2010.eventbrite.com
Founded in 1999, and granted 501(c)3 status in 2001, The Giving Spirit continues to grow as a non-denominational organization working on behalf of LA's homeless population, thanks to its grassroots base and the goodwill of its friends and family.
SOURCE The Giving Spirit