Charitable organizations throughout the country have gathered resources, volunteers and food to feed thousands of families in need this holiday season while offering them a moment of celebration amid their less fortunate situations.

In Los Angeles, Union Rescue Mission (URM) started its Thanksgiving outreach event early as part of its effort to feed over 180,000 people between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Last weekend, URM fed over 3,000 individuals suffering from financial disparity from Skid Row, Los Angeles’ most notorious neighborhood known for its high rate of homelessness.

“It seems to be the very same as during the years of the great recession,” said Kitty Davis-Walker, spokesperson for URM, to The Christian Post.  “It appears that these tough times are still hitting low-income folks the hardest.”

A few weeks ago, URM held a massive Thanksgiving outreach effort that included volunteers washing the feet of the homeless and giving them new socks and shoes. UCLA podiatrists were also on hand to talk about their overall foot health while individuals in Skid Row were also given legal advice and enjoyed entertainment.

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