LA Shares Spirit of Christmas With Free Meals, Gifts, Laughter

In the spirit of Christmas, Southern Californians will share kindness, gifts and free meals Sunday.

Events to provide Christmas meals are planned for Skid Row, Pasadena and Hollywood. Children at Los Angeles International Airport will receive gifts from Los Angeles Airport Police officers.

"Everywhere in our City of Angels -- whether exchanging presents and singing carols, making tamales and sipping eggnog, going to a posada, or worshiping at Midnight Mass -- we unite on Christmas by embracing all that is good in our world," Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Midnight Mission: The Midnight Mission will begin distributing toys to thousands of children experiencing homelessness and serve Christmas brunch at 8:30 a.m. Entertainer Dick Van Dyke, KLOS-FM (95.5) personality Gary Moore and musician Jason Heath will be among the volunteers serving meals and distributing toys. Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities with the Midnight Mission.

Union Station Homeless Services: The organization has shifted its Christmas dinner from Pasadena's Central Park to the its adult center on Raymond Avenue. More than 500 plates of food are expected to be served to individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty, along with senior citizens, those who are alone for Christmas or unable to afford a holiday meal at the 44th annual event, which begins at 11 a.m., according to Union Station CEO John Brauer.

Laugh Factory: The Laugh Factory in Hollywood will conduct its 37th annual free Christmas Day Feast for anyone away from home, those who might be lonely, homeless or in need of a warm meal, a hug or laugh. Top comics will join other celebrities in helping serve each guest a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Comedians will perform live shows following meals served at 1 p.m, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Temple Israel of Hollywood: The 30th annual Christmas Dinner for the Hungry and Homeless will provide a Christmas meal for the community from 1-5 p.m. at Hollywood United Methodist Church, along with toys for children and personal care items for adults.

LAX: Los Angeles Airport Police officers will hand out stuffed animals and candy canes to children traveling on Christmas morning and the department's K- 9s will interact with children and entertain passengers, according to Rob Pedregon, the department's public information officer.

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