Volunteering & Giving
December 2, 2014

Holiday tradition supports the homeless

Each holiday season, volunteers help prepare food, serve meals, and hand out blankets, tarps, slippers, socks, and toys for 3,000 homeless people at the Los Angeles Mission.

More than 200 Wells Fargo volunteers in Los Angeles helped prepare food, serve meals, and hand out blankets, tarps, slippers, socks, and toys to homeless people in the city with the Los Angeles Mission. The volunteer event, which takes place each year the day before Thanksgiving, has become a holiday tradition for many Wells Fargo team members.

“We want to provide support to the community where the need is greatest, especially around the holidays,” says Bryan Moeller, Regional Banking sales coach, who has volunteered with the mission for more than 13 years. “Serving the homeless is incredibly important and a wonderful reminder of what’s really important in life. It’s a reminder of the kindness and compassion of humanity.”

Volunteers filled a stagecoach with donations and, with a team of horses, delivered the items from Wells Fargo offices to the event. The volunteers spent nearly 18 hours preparing for and staffing the event, which served more than 3,000 people. Wells Fargo also contributed $50,000 in support of the event.

Each holiday season, the mission provides thousands of meals, blankets, flu shots, counseling, and shelter to the city’s homeless.

“Especially at this time of the year, it’s important to give dignity, love, and support to people in need,” says Ivan Klassen, head of Community Partnerships at the mission. “A little love can go a long way.”

The Los Angeles homeless population is, according to estimates, upward of 55,000 people.