IN THE NEWS: Backpack Friday for DTLA Homeless

On November 23, UNAC/UHCP joined Highly Favored: A Blessing to Others for the fourth annual Backpack Friday in DTLA.

“It began in 2015 with only 100 backpacks. By last year it grew to 500, and this year it’s up to 700,” said Alexis Goudeau, RN, founder of the new tradition. “The things we often take for granted, others pray for. There are more than 50,000 homeless on the streets of Los Angeles, enough to fill Dodger Stadium.”

Backpack Friday is all about unselfish giving to the most vulnerable among us – passing out backpack care packages full of blankets, gloves, socks, hygiene supplies and other essentials to homeless families near downtown LA’s skid row.

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