DOWNTOWN

 

Pub crawl raises $20K for food bank

 

The SANTA Monica Pub Crawl, held Dec. 14, raised $20,000 for the Westside Food Bank for the second year in a row, helping to provide food for needy families in Los Angeles County, organizers said.

Kim Koury(right), president of Santa Monica-based Spin PR, presents a check for $20,000 to the Westside Food Bank. The money was raised as part of the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl. (Photo courtesy Spin PR)

Kim Koury(right), president of Santa Monica-based Spin PR, presents a check for $20,000 to the Westside Food Bank. The money was raised as part of the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl. (Photo courtesy Spin PR)

In the past five years, the pub crawl has raised over $65,000 for the food bank, allowing them to distribute over 350,000 pounds of food for the holidays.

“The Santa Monica Pub Crawl is the largest event ever held on behalf of Westside Food Bank,” said Genevieve Riutort, chief development officer for the food bank. “We are so grateful to Kim Koury and the entire Spin PR team for all their hard work in making the event such a great success. The Santa Monica Pub Crawl introduces us to thousands of new supporters, and the combined efforts of the community of revelers makes a huge impact. Thanks to everyone who participated and volunteered. … With half of our food going to children, this event has a lasting impact on the health of our community.”

 

— Kevin Herrera

 

OCEAN PARK

 

Health center holding clothing, food drive

 

The Westside Family Health Center is holding a clothing and food drive called Heart2Heart with the goal of donating 500 pounds of food and 75 bags of clothing.

Heart2Heart began when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck and health center employees wanted to do something to help Gulf Coast area residents. Now, every year the center selects two worthy community partners in need of food and clothing donations for their clients. This year, Heart2Heart will benefit St. Joseph Center Food Pantry and Safe Place for Youth.

The center has already collected and distributed more than 350 pounds of food and 44 bags of clothes since the drive began in late November.

“The clothing donation could not have come at a better time. Last night our young people arrived wet and tired but left warm and dry in their new clothing,” said Alison Hurst, executive director and founder of Safe Place for Youth.

“St. Joseph Center is seeing greater demand than ever for help during the holidays,” said Va Lecia Adams Kellum, executive director of St. Joseph Center. “We set a record at Thanksgiving by distributing nearly 800 turkeys, and more people are signed up for our Adopt-A-Family effort than in any past year.”

St. Joseph Center provides working poor families, as well as homeless men, women and children with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.

Food items needed include juice, canned meats and soups, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, beans and rice. Safe Place for Youth inspires, nurtures, and empowers homeless youth by providing street outreach, a drop-in center, and case management. Clothing items needed include adult-size gently used or new jackets, jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, new socks and new underwear.

The drive runs until Jan. 20. Donations can be brought to the center’s main waiting room at 1705 Ocean Park Blvd. For more information, call (310) 450-4773, ext. 253.

 

— KH

LOS ANGELES

 

Small quake jiggles western Los Angeles

 

A small earthquake has rattled the west side of Los Angeles and coastal suburbs.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 8 a.m. Thursday quake measured magnitude-2.8 and was centered a mile northwest of Marina del Rey.

Residents of Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Culver City reporting the quake on the USGS website mostly describe it as weak.

 

— Associated Press