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Presents for Hungry Times : It's Better to Give . . . : Charities: Where to donate gifts for the needy; agencies throughout the Southland are accepting contributions

December 12, 1991

"We need a miracle this Christmas," says the director of one agency dedicated to feeding the hungry. "Donations are down." If you're feeling depressed about the state of the economy, and more depressed about the state of your own personal finances, there's no better antidote than helping those less fortunate than yourself.

If you want to share your wealth, you don't have to go very far to find an organization willing to receive it. One of the following agencies is in your neighborhood--and would be very happy for gifts of food to share with the needy. Even the smallest donation will help. As one program director says: "Anything we get is more than what we had before."

CENTRAL LOS ANGELES

AIDS Project L.A.'s Necessities of Life Program: 6721 Romaine St., Hollywood; (213) 962-1600, Ext. 180; Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Canned goods and staples.

All People's Christian Center: 822 East. 20th St., Los Angeles, (213) 747-6357; Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Canned goods and staples.

Chrysalis Center: 702 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, (213) 623-9394; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-noon. Non-perishable foods.

Dolores Mission: 171 S. Gless St., Los Angeles, (213) 262-2397; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. All foods.

Eastmont Community Center: 701 S. Hoefner Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 726-7998; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All foods.

El Centro Del Pueblo: 840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 250-1120; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All foods.

El Rescate (The Rescue): 1340 S. Bonnie Brae St., Los Angeles, (213) 387-3284; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Canned foods and staples.

Fred Jordan Mission: 445 Towne Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 489-7763 and (818) 915-1981; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Canned foods and staples.

Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women: 267 N. Belmont Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 250-5241; every day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or call to make make special arrangements. Canned foods and staples.

House of Ruth: 605 N. Cummings St., Los Angeles, (213) 266-4139; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Canned foods and staples.

Las Familias del Pueblo: 307 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, (213) 614-1745; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Canned foods and staples.

LIFE (Love Is Feeding Everyone): 310 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 936-0895; headquarters for three offices in Los Angeles. Will accept non-perishable foods, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at 2040 Hawkins Circle, Huntington Park.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank: 1734 E. 41st St., Los Angeles, (213) 234-3030; Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All foods. Can also refer to more than 550 other agencies throughout L.A. County.

Los Angeles Mission: 443 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, (213) 629-1227; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All foods.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California: 4975 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 661-8674; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Canned goods and staples.

Plaza Community Center: 648 S. Indiana St., Los Angeles, (213) 268-1107; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All foods, except frozen products.

Rakestraw Memorial Center: 5139 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 232-2258; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All foods.

Saint Francis Center: 1203 S. Santee St., Los Angeles, (213) 747-5347; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1:30 p.m.) All foods.

Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Community Center: 4213 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 234-9087; Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Non-perishable foods.

Saint Vincent's Cardinal Manning Center: 231 Winston St., Los Angeles, (213) 626-3744; Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All foods.

Salvation Army, Harbor Light Center: 809 E. 5th St., Los Angeles, (213) 626-4786. Will accept donations everyday, 24 hours. All foods.

Midnight Mission: 396 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, (213) 624-9258. Will accept donations everyday, 24 hours, but daytime delivery is preferred. All foods.

The Seedling: 6314 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 753-7218; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15 a.m.-noon and 1:15-4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. All foods, baby foods and formula.

Transition House: 543 S. Crocker St., Los Angeles, (213) 622-7073; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All foods.

Union Rescue Mission: 226 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 628-6103; Accepts donations daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Not necessary to park; security at front door will accept donations. All foods.

United American Indian Involvement-Crisis Center: 118 Winston St., Los Angeles, (213) 625-2565; Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. All foods.

Youth With a Mission: 1751 N. Normandie Ave., Hollywood, (213) 660-6040; Everyday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All foods.

PASADENA/SAN GABRIEL VALLEY

Arcadia Welfare & Thrift: 323 North 1st Ave., Arcadia, (818) 447-2881; Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Canned goods only.

Community Food Bank: 1501 W. Del Norte St., Room 21, West Covina, (818) 814-2862; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All non-perishable foods.

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