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The number of homeless on the streets has increased once again regardless of what the reports of the economy tell the masses. I have watched the street population rise every year since I started counting folks in 2009.
The economy and increase in homelessness has impacted URM again this year, regardless of what the media reports. When my involvement started with URM in 2009 the price per meal was $1.84. You can check out some of the photos from 2011 and 2012 and see how much URM provides for less than half of what one pays for a you pay for a burger and fries at your local fast food place at the links just below.
I think you would be amazed at the meal they provide.
Many of you have seen the post asking you to help the folks at Union Rescue Mission over the last years. My original post can be seen at http://la-economy.blogspot.com/2010/11/help-me-provide-thanksgiving-meals-at.html The people who provided meals in 2010 and 2011 are listed in that piece.
Below is a bit of past information. In 2014 I stopped counting meals as things became more depressing as I watched the media report on how things were improving .... as the situation became worse. Bottom line ... by any count, the situation has not improved. Feel free to contact URM directly if you want to know the figures on meals provided for past Thanksgiving meals.
Homeless is not a label which is reserved for people who have mental problems, drug or alcohol problems or have personality disorders. There are people on the streets like you and me. People who were a productive part of society who have lost their jobs due to the economy. People who have lost their homes.
- Go to the URM website at http://www.urm.org/ and click on the donate tab
- You may contribute in ANY amount. Even a few dollars helps
- All contributions are 100% tax deductible
- All credit cards are accepted on a secure site
- You may also donate via paypal from the main donation page
- In a hurry? Donate $10 (feed a family of four people) via a text message from your cell phone
For $48.20 you can sponsor a table at Thanksgiving. The table is for 20 people. You can also sponsor partial tables. You can donate in any amount.
|2011 dinner plate|
|Pie for dessert. Not seen in this shot was the four different choices of|
ice cream to accompany your pie.
If you donate to Union Rescue Mission using any method, please feel free to send me your name or company. Your supplied information will be included in this piece. How you are listed is optional. It does not have to be your own name. The donation can be in the name of a loved one, family member, organization, company, your dog, a cause of some type or just about anything you wish. Those who have helped in the last two years are listed in the 2010/2011 piece.
Optionally, it helps me if you send me a note or message with a donation amount or meal count. The amount will not be published. I use the data to get an idea of the meal count we have raised.
Any contribution goes a long way. A few dollars helps. Many of you have spare change sitting in your paypal account. That "$8.43" that may not enough to buy a book off Amazon or a cool effects pedal off Ebay may be just the ticket for a better holiday for some folks. The salt alone for the stuffing could be paid for by one small donation. Here is Chef Larry's recipe for stuffing; for 4,500 people :)