San Francisco nonprofit that hosts Thanksgiving events for the homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The Tenderloin-based St. Anthony Foundation is hosting several events to “help neighbors affected by homelessness,” including a block party, according to a press release.

The first event is a turkey fundraiser and sanitary kit preparation on Saturday, November 19 at 11 am at the St. Anthony’s location at 150 Golden Gate Avenue. At this event, donors, volunteers and team members will prepare essential items to give away to those in need as part of a hygiene kit.

This includes socks, hats and scarves for the cold winter.

People who can’t go in person can also donate food and clothing online through the nonprofit’s website.

The second event is a distribution and block party on Tuesday, November 22 at 11:45 a.m. where “community members, donors, volunteers and citizen leaders” will “offer guests holiday cookies, hot chocolate and hygiene kits. ”

These leaders are expected to include San Francisco Mayor London Breed, San Francisco Police Commissioner Bill Scott, San Francisco Fire Department Chief Jeanine Nicholson, and other firefighters.

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“These grooming kits are an important tool in building compassionate relationships with our struggling San Francisco neighbors, especially as the winter season approaches,” said Nils Behnke, CEO of St. Anthony’s, in a press release. “We are blessed to invite people into our community to make a difference in their lives, not just our guests but our volunteers, team members and donors.”

St. Anthony’s noted that food prices “have risen to levels not seen in more than 40 years” and that St. Anthony’s expects to serve more than 2,600 meals on Thanksgiving Day itself.

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