Following the success of last year's fundraiser, the Persian community of Los Angeles is banding together again to kick off the beginning of Persian New Year with a party at Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter in LA's Skid Row.
With the help of Southern California Farsi radio station 670 AM KIRN, Tehrangelenos will put on a street celebration, serve a traditional Persian meal and hand out clothes and toys to the shelter's homeless and needy. And because Persian New Year, or Nowruz, is a 13-day celebration, the community will also underwrite Midnight Mission's meal service for 13 days. So far, the event has raised almost $70,000.
Last year, over 140 volunteers served 2,500 meals and distributed 3,000 pieces of clothing, according to the Nowruz fundraising site. Call (213) 553-2330 or visit The Midnight Mission's site to learn more about how to help.
WHAT: Party in Skid Row to welcome the new season and help those in need.
WHEN: Friday, Mar. 15, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Midnight Mission, 601 S San Pedro St. Los Angeles CA 90014
Check out this Midnight Mission video from last year's Nowruz celebration.
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