Jennifer Love Hewitt Pitches in on Christmas Eve

Jennifer Love Hewitt joined the Los Angeles Mission at the annual Christmas event to help spread holiday cheer to skid row. Hewitt and nearly 400 volunteers distributed Christmas toys and dinner to thousands of homeless men, women and children at at the Los Angeles Mission at 303 E 5th Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jennifer Love Hewitt-Christmas Eve at the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles

“I have made it a point to come to the Los Angeles Mission at Christmas,” said Hewitt, who stars in the TV show “Ghost Whisperer.”

“There are so many hurting people on the streets of our city, but when I’m here I get to see the smiles of the children and the great food for everyone. I think they are getting real help from the staff and volunteers. I come to give something back, but invariably I get more blessing than I give,” she said.

The menu included rotisserie chicken, glazed ham, three-cheese macaroni, mixed vegetables, dinner rolls, cranberry relish and chocolate cake for dessert. Santa was on hand to greet the children and pass out gifts donated by area businesses and individuals. The mission expected to serve about 3,000 meals and give out more than 1,000 gifts to 600 children.

The Los Angeles Mission mission serves the homeless living on the streets of downtown’s Skid Row by providing shelter, food, clothing and professional medical and dental care. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs through its Urban Training Institute, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.

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