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1 Serving the homeless of Los Angeles, one individual at a time 11908 Montana Avenue #205 Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 442-9489

2 Bring meaningful and tangible aid to the homeless of Los Angeles through the delivery of survival kits directly to people who are most in need Mission Statement

3 The Problem We Address The Problem We Address OurImpactOurImpact OurOrganizationOurOrganization You Can Help You LA-based 501(c)(3) all volunteer, grass-roots organization Non-sectarian with no political agenda Our Goals for 2008 Our We bring hope and aid to the homeless of Los Angeles Our volunteers learn that they can make a difference Grow by 25%, enlisting 600 volunteers to distribute 2,000+ kits Raise $125,000 to fund this effort and return over $0.95 of every $1 We are entirely dependent on the support of our volunteers Please consider making a donation and / or giving your time this year Los Angeles has more homeless than any other U.S. city 73,000 are homeless each night; 40% are children TGS At-a-glance

4 The magnitude of the homeless problem in Los Angeles is staggering yet often goes unnoticed –Over the course of one year, an estimated 250,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County –Approximately 73,000 people are homeless each night in L.A. –Fewer than 20% of the region's homeless can be accommodated in shelter beds on any given night The homeless population is different than most people think –Women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population –Each year, 40,000 families will fall homeless in L.A. –40% of Los Angeles homeless are children –25% of all homeless individuals are college graduates The Problem We Address

5 VolunteersVolunteers People Helped All volunteer: We are a true grass-roots organization with no administrative overhead. Creating a connection: Interacting directly with the recipients is central to the TGS mission – and often cited as the most meaningful aspect by volunteers. Raising awareness: It's such a change from how it was before. No more having the urge to ignore or look away. It's just seeing what has always been there, a human being, a soul. Maria, a TGS Volunteer Meeting people where they are: We are unique in our approach of bringing aid directly to those in need, often reaching those not served by other means. We go to them. Providing aid: Over 10 years, weve refined the contents of our kits to provide what is most needed to survive. Lifting spirits: We provide a level of interaction and hope that many of LAs homeless do not receive on a day-to-day basis. Changing Lives

6 SummerSummerWinterWinter Saturday, June 7, 2008 Goal: Distribute 500 backpack summer survival kits Focus: Partner with the Downtown Womens Center, San Fernando Rescue Mission, My Friends Place, and Ocean Park Community Center / Santa Monica Shelter to serve the unique needs of LAs homeless women and children Activities: Volunteers assemble kits Saturday morning. Kits are brought to local women, teen, and family shelters for distribution December 11-14, 2008 Goal: Distribute 1,750 large duffel survival kits to Los Angeles homeless population Focus: Serve the broader homeless community across Los Angeles. Enable one-on-one interactions and bring aid to individuals where they currently reside Activities: Volunteers assemble kits on Thursday and Friday. Kits are distributed by volunteers downtown and in surrounding communities on Saturday and Sunday Our Events

7 TGS Survival Kits are Large duffels containing nearly 100 items Apples Apple juice Applesauce Bananas Bandages Bar of soap Baseball caps Beef jerky Beef stew - canned Blankets – heavy outdoor disaster Body lotion Bottled water Bread Canned Meat Candy bars Canned beef sausages Canned chicken sausages Cereal bars Cheese slices – individually wrapped Chicken Dumplings - canned Combs Cotton athletic socks (black, blue) Crab meat – packaged Crackers – large box Deodorant Feminine napkins - maxi pads Freezer bags Gauze Granola bars Gum Hairbrushes Halls lozenges Hand towels Lip balm Manicure set Meal Replacement Bars Mini note pads Moon pies Orange juice – plastic bottles Oranges Pads of paper Paunchos Peanut Butter and Crackers – package Peanuts – large can Pens / pencils Plastic bowls w/ lids Plastic storage containers w/ lids Plastic Utensils Raisins - large box Sesame Mix Shampoo Sliced Pineapple - canned Slim Jim Soap dishes Sponges Sunglasses Sunscreen Tissues Toaster Pastries Toilet Paper Toothpaste and toothbrush - package Tortilla Chips Trailmix Trash bags T-shirts Tuna and cracker packages Umbrellas Water bottles Wetwipes Wool gloves Wool hats Our Survival Kits

8 Our Growing Impact

9 To learn more about volunteering or to donate online at Or make checks payable to The Giving Spirit and mail to: The Giving Spirit 11908 Montana Avenue, #205 Los Angeles, CA 90049 You Can Help

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