Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

’Tis the Season to Come OUT and Give Back

Two upcoming Center events offer an opportunity come out to enjoy come community time while helping fight hunger for LGBT seniors. Nearly one-quarter of seniors who use Center services have said they don’t have enough food to eat at least once a week.

“Many of our seniors are on a really fixed income,” explains Kiera Pollock, the Center’s director of Senior services. “One bill can alter the course of their ability to pay for food in any given food or month. They come to us and they are hungry. It’s a major issue.”

After informally offering food assistance to seniors for years, the Center recently expanded its program with food pantries at The Village and at Triangle Square. Supplies are running low each month.  (For more information, visit lalgbtcenter.org/pantry)

The Center is giving supporters an opportunity to help stock its food pantries through the Young Professionals Council’s (YPC) Canned Food Drive, the Los Angeles Women’s Network (LAWN) Holiday Party, and a Jingle Bell Jubilee for seniors.

“It’s about giving what you can,” says Rani DeMesme-Anders, membership manager at the Center.

Canned Food Drive

YPC’s annual Canned Food Drive for LGBT Seniors will take place on Saturday, December 2, from 12 to 5 p.m. at Flaming Saddles in West Hollywood.

Anyone who brings canned or non-perishable food or gift cards for the Center’s seniors will receive a complimentary drink at the popular restaurant and club. There will also be a make-your-own perfume and lotion station hosted by Beauty Kitchen at the event.

Flaming Saddles is located at 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, 90069. RSVP now at lalgbtcenter.org/ypcgive.

LAWN Holiday Party

The Center’s Los Angeles Women’s Network (LAWN) Holiday Party will on Thursday, December 7, at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza located at 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, 90038. RSVP now at lalgbtcenter.org/lawnholiay.

There will be music by DJ Stacy Christine and tarot readings by Darya who was a huge hit at last year’s party. There will also be the opportunity to make holiday cards for the Center’s youth and seniors.

“You don’t have to be a queer woman to be welcome, you just have to be respectful,”  DeMesme-Anders says. “It’s time for New Year prognostications and channeling some queer lady magic.”

In addition to collecting food, LAWN has partnered with the Center’s Audre Lorde Health Program for lesbian and bi women for the Merry Menstruation Drive which aims to provide homeless LGBT people with feminine hygiene products. Those items include all sizes of tampons, maxi pads and panty liners as well as anti-bacterial wipes and travel-sized soap.

Admission FREE with your canned/non-perishable food or toiletry donation for our seniors or your menstrual supply donation for the Audre Lorde Health Program’s Merry Menstruation Drive. RSVP now at lalgbtcenter.org/lawnholiday.

Published December 01, 2017

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