Thanksgiving Dinner & Clothing Boutique
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Each year on Thanksgiving Eve, St. Monica Catholic Community hosts a free Thanksgiving meal for the greater community. We continue this tradition for our 43rd year by inviting guests to a Thanksgiving Feast in person at St. Monica for a warm sit-down Thanksgiving meal. Afterward, they will receive a package of new clothing and toiletry items for the winter months ahead. Last year we were able to serve over 700 guests, provide homebound meals to those who could not attend, and administer vaccines to those who needed them. 

 

SAVE THE DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 1pm – 4pm

Join us on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022, for the 43rd Annual Thanksgiving Feast from 1pm to 4pm at St. Monica Catholic Community. A warm Thanksgiving meal will be served outside at tables. Following their meal, guests will be escorted to a clothing boutique where they can choose new items such as sleeping bags, thermals, new clothing, toiletry items, and more.

 

Guests may begin to line up at 11:30am that day while observing social distancing guidelines. The line will start at the Church gates off Washington Avenue and will extend in the direction of 7th Street towards California Avenue.

 

All packages and pets are left at Baggage Claim and returned to guests on their departure. We will not be distributing tickets ahead of time. Toilet facilities will be accessible to guests, and bottled water will be on hand.

 

For the safety of our guests and volunteers, we will continue to follow any health regulations mandated by the county and city. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

This great tradition at St. Monica brings together every grade in our schools, every ministry in the parish, neighbors, restaurant and hotel kitchens, and hundreds of volunteers to feed and clothe approximately 1000 men and women who need an extra lift for the holidays.

 

As a community, we strongly feel that everyone should be able to enjoy this holiday. Partaking in our feast at St. Monica may be their only opportunity to sit down at a holiday meal or opportunity to pick up new clothing items that will protect them from the elements this winter season. To prepare for our guests, we welcome donations, volunteers, and especially your prayers!

 

VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS

Volunteer Sign Ups will open to the entire parish on Friday, October 28th. Check back for more information on volunteer descriptions.  

 

DONATIONS:

This year we continue to accept monetary donations to purchase turkeys, pies, and all the thanksgiving trimming as well as purchase new items that include sleeping bags, thermals, beanies, ponchos and more to keep our guests warm in the winter months. We, unfortunately, will NOT be accepting used clothes.

 

If you do wish to sponsor or donate a larger quantity of food or clothing items, please contact Delis Alejandro at  or (310) 566-1530

 

We accept cash, checks, and online donations (scroll to the bottom of this page)

 

For checks, please make payable to St. Monica Catholic Church, place in an envelope, and write Attn: Thanksgiving Feast. You can drop them off at the Parish Office during office hours or by mail:

 

St. Monica Catholic Church

725 California Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90403

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • When and where is the dinner?

     

    Our Thanksgiving event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The church address is 701 California Avenue in Santa Monica. Guests will enter via exit at Washington Street.

    This year in a safe and secure manner we invite guests to enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner “with all the trimmings” in person at St. Monica and once again receive a package of new clothing and toiletry items for the winter months ahead.

     

  • Who can come?

     

    Adults and children of all ages. All are welcome!

     

  • Do I need a ticket or need to reserve a space?

     

    No. You do not need a ticket or reserve a space for dinner. Just come anytime between 1:00pm and 5:00 p.m.

     

  • When and where should I get in line?

     

    Guests can start to line up at 11:30am. The line will start at the church entrance on Washington Ave.

     

  • Where should I park?

     

    No onsite parking. Please park on the street. Read the street signs for parking restrictions. We encourage carpooling, ride sharing and other alternative transportation alternatives.

     

  • Are there any buses that have stops nearby?

     

    The Santa Monica Blue Bus line has stops for the number 2, and 18 busses all within one block or a block and a half of the dinner, as does the Metro 20 and 720. You can also ride the Metro Blue Line (train) into Santa Monica at 4th and Colorado. From there you can walk or catch the Blue Bus number 18 to Lincoln and California and then just walk a block down to 7th and California to get in line for the dinner.

     

  • I have been saving my clothes all year, where can I drop them off?

     

    We thank you so much for your generosity, however we are not able to receive clothing donations this year. We still need your help. We ask that you donate toward the purchase of clothing for our guests here.

     

    Here are two places where you can take your donations:
    Goodwill Southern California Santa Monica Retail Store
    524 Santa Monica Blvd - Santa Monica
    Goodwill Retail Store
    Salvation Army
    1658 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404
    Salvation Army

     

  • Where do I sign up for my volunteer spot?

     

    To volunteer visit our site (will be live Friday October 28, 2022).

     

  • I have always cooked a turkey or baked a pie in the past, can I still do that?

     

    Not this year. We ask that you consider donating toward the purchase of a Thanksgiving Meal for one of our guests here.

     

  • Can I make toiletry kits and drop them off?

     

    We are accepting donations of individual travel size toiletries or a premade complete toiletries set that includes the following in a one gallon size ziplock bag:

    • Toothpaste, toothbrush and mouthwash
    • Soap or Body Wash
    • Bottle of shampoo and conditioner
    • Deodorant
    • Body Lotion
    • Bag of Kleenex and Wet Wipes
    • Bandages
    • Q Tip Swabs

    Optional:

    • Tube of Neosporin
    • Tube of Lip Balm

     

    All toiletries must be travel size (most of our guests are unsheltered and cannot walk with large containers of toiletries) All toiletries must be new or unopened. Do not include razors, razor blades, tweezers, safety pins, money, or personal info.

     

  • I would like to make a bulk donation

     

    Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please click here to donate.

     

 

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