How the Fire Stole Christmas (and how you can help!)
“For some, this year’s holiday tale could be ‘How the fire stole Christmas.'” Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2014.
On Monday, December 8, an inferno completely destroyed a partially built apartment building just a few blocks from City Hall. Thanks to the professional, heroic and quick work of the LA Fire Department, no life was lost, and no injuries were sustained. However, the LA Department of Aging, located adjacent to the burning building, had assembled about 2,000 Holiday Gift Bags full of blankets, clothing and small gifts for the neediest of our seniors.
The Holiday Gift Bags weren’t full of luxuries – these are everyday items that can make a world of difference to a senior in need.
Sadly, most of those bags were destroyed.
In an attempt to replace these bags in time for the holidays, the Mayor’s Fund Los Angeles Disaster Relief Program is hosting a charity drive. If you would like to participate, donations are being accepted at:
We can save the holidays and usher in a happy, healthy 2015 for our seniors. My husband, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and I have donated to buy the first 25 bags. Please join us.
Amy Elaine Wakeland, First Lady of Los Angeles
Will you join us and do what you can today?
Please make checks payable to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and mail donations to 200 N. Spring St., Room 305b, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Thank you for your support. Your donation will go to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Disaster Relief Program set up to respond to disasters that impact residents in the region. Donations received by December 16, 2014, will be used to provide 4,500 Holiday Gift Bags to seniors in Los Angeles as replacements for those that were lost due to the recent fire in downtown LA. Any surplus funds will remain with the MFLA Disaster Relief Program to be used for future disaster relief purposes.