LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Thousands of meals, Easter baskets and shoes were handed out at the Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row on Good Friday.
A special Easter Dinner was served beginning at 11 a.m. at the L.A. Mission, located at 5th and Wall Street.
Celebrities, local leaders and other volunteers helped serve approximately 3,500 meals.
Additionally, more than 1,000 hand-packed Easter baskets were handed out to kids, and adults will receive hygiene kits.
Foot washing, which has both spiritual and practical significance, was provided by the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers.
Also, more than 2,000 pairs of new shoes donated by Etnies were distributed. Etnies staff was on-hand to help with fitting the shoes.
“It’s just an honor and a privilege. I never thought that God would turn my life around,” said Kenneth, a volunteer who was formerly homeless and addicted to drugs.
“These kids are going to be with their families and it’s going to be probably two blocks long in line waiting to get these baskets,” he said.
“When they see these baskets and actually put one in their hands — if you see the smile on these kids’ faces… Their faces bright up and it’s just amazing.”
The Easter event ended at 3:00 p.m. The entire block of 5th Street between Wall and San Pedro was closed to vehicle traffic at 6 a.m.