Hundreds of Veterans Living in Tents at Westwood VA Facility
by Uncle Paulie
As our last video showed, hundreds of veterans are living in tents, both on and off the VA Facility in Westwood A group of Old Veterans Guard has been collecting donations and putting up nice tents for those in need. Our trip this week, with a carload of food, was interesting as there are even more tents on the inside and outside of the property than we saw on our trip last week. Those on the outside are not allowed in to use the washing or bathroom facilities. Conditions almost rival that of some battlefield situations where you at least would get food, water and rotation out. The veterans have organized their camp on the outside, and keeping it as clean as possible, removing trash, etc. They are doing the best they can.
We picked up a load of bagged sandwiches from the West Hollywood Food Coalition and the Salvation Army. These are complete lunches made by high school students and concerned parents. The official food banks are running low on food according to our information. A group we volunteer with, Earth Harmony Foundation, has seen it’s food donations fall by about 80% from the markets that donate “expired food”. The government food chain is tottering, and hopefully will not collapse, as thousands of folks depend on it. Here’s our video below, we hope to put up an interview with the Veterans in the next few days. Video by Julie Webster.
Word Camp Sends T-Shirts to Charity Volunteers and Homeless
Los Angeles Word Camp 2018 send a gift of brand new Word Press T-Shirts in various sizes to the great folks at the West Hollywood Food Coalition, which operates out of the Salvation Army kitchen on Hollywood Boulevard. The volunteers and homeless folks were thrilled to get new colorful shirts. The Coalition feeds 100 to 200 folks each week night.
How did this come about? Uncle Paulie, webmaster of GypsyCool.com and his partner Julie Webster went to Word Camp 2018 to learn some of the latest improvements in the world of Word Press. This took place on the campus of Cal State College in East L.A. on September 22-23, 2018. When the event was over Julie spotted a box of brand new T-Shirts that weren’t given out to the attendees, so she asked the organizers of the event tor the shirts to give to our friends at the West Hollywood Food Coalition and the Salvation Army in Hollywood. Uncle Paulie collects food from local markets and delivers to the Coalition to help feed those in need of a good hot meal. “We can’t do enough to help the great folks there,” he said. “They are working every day of the week to prepare good meals for those who need it, it’s on the scale of feeding an Army Company.”
The good people of Word Camp where more than happy to oblige Julie’s request and you can see by some of the smiling folks in the photo, it was a happy moment.
Getting Trader Joe’s Food Donation to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition in Hollywood – Uncle Paulie Has Been Delivering Truck Loads for 5 Years
Joe, Head Chef, and Uncle Paulie at the Salvation Army Kitchen
For the last 5 years Gypsy Cool’s Uncle Paulie has been taking van loads of food to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition operating out of the Salvation Army Kitchen in Hollywood. They feed up to 200 people every night Monday through Friday. On weekends they are back at the corner of Romain and Sycamore in Hollywood around 5pm serving dinner.. Paulie makes the long trek from the West Valley at least once a week to deliver much-needed food to Hollywood’s Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition at the Salvation Army. “Being retired I love helping to feed people who are hungry and need food. We also distribute food directly almost every night of the week, and help many other groups grappling with the suffering of seniors, homeless folks, students, and other poor folks who need some extra help and love,” said Paulie. The volunteer delivery crew, including Uncle Paulie, Bob, Wendy, Chuck, Chris, Julie, Judith, John, Judy, Kathleen and others, are all from the charity Earth Harmony Foundation.
Boxes of food donation from Trader Joe’s in Sherman Oaks.
Volunteers sort through the donations from Trader Joe’s Market in Sherman Oaks. Chef Joe will use this food with other donations and some purchased food to make enough meals to feed 100 to 200 folks per night. A great crew of volunteers help to sort, prepare, cook, and serve the meals. Help is always needed, show up in the afternoon to the Salvation Army on Hollywood Blvd. (near Gower). For more information, call Sheri at 213-703-9513.
Dinner is served here, 5941 Hollywood Blvd., Walk in the driveway and kitchen is just to the right. At this time it is served Monday through Friday only. Saturday and Sunday is still back at the corner of Sycamore and Romaine (The Line) at 5pm.
The new location for the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is inside the Salvation Army Weingart Center. Tables and chairs, restroom to wash up. Please thank the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Coalition for all their great work.
This Fall the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition Will Be Moving the Food Distribution to the Salvation Army ! Finally, Indoor Seating, Bathrooms, Dignity!
Great News! Sometime in late October or early November, the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition will be moving it’s operation to the Salvation Army building in Hollywood at 5939 Hollywood Blvd., near Bronson. The Salvation Army has generously given the GWHFC the use of their kitchen and dining room. Hooray! Homeless folks and others who depend on the nightly hot meal can now have a place to sit down at a table in a clean environment and enjoy a nice meal and chat with friends, just like the rest of humanity. The GWHFC will be in charge, thanks to the great folks at the Salvation Army Hollywood.
“The Line” at Sycamore and Romaine served a purpose for years, as it was the only place to serve food. But it had its drawbacks: no seating, no tables, no bathrooms. Just a dirty sidewalk to sit on. It will be so nice to be indoors, out of the rain in the winter, in a place where you can wash up in a bathroom, and be treated like a human being. So three cheers for the Salvation Army for inviting the Food Coalition to use their facility with no strings attached! And three cheers for Sheri and the great folks at the GWHFC who work so hard every day of the week to provide food for the needy, seniors, homeless, and others! This is a well-deserved move and one that will benefit all parties concerned.