PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker             or                Alexandra Monsibaez
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562                           (213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
VP of Public Relations                                                 PR Coordinator
kwalker@urm.org                                                        amonsibaez@urm.org

WEDNESDAY December 16th
“Families in Need Invited to Shop for FREE”

LOS ANGELES CALIF. (Wednesday December 16th, 2015) —- Hundreds of children will receive Christmas gifts this year after their parents shop at Union Rescue Missions 24th Annual Christmas Store this Wednesday December 16th from 9:00am – 4:30pm at URM Headquarters at 545 S. San Pedro in downtown Los Angeles.

Union Rescue Mission’s CEO Andy Bales says “Christmas Store at URM is unique as it allows the parents and families experiencing homelessness the dignity and joy of shopping and choosing gifts for their own children at no cost to the families, and it fills the halls of Union Rescue Mission and Hope gardens with the biggest smiles ever”

Families on Skid Row as well as our offsite facility for mothers and children Hope Gardens Family Center will be invited to Shop free of charge.   Hundreds of families will experience the joy of Christmas shopping that otherwise might not have been possible.


Moms and Dads are each greeted by a volunteer who will assist them on their quest to find the perfect gift for each of their kids. All gifts are then wrapped by expert gift wrapping volunteers so that all gifts remain a surprise until Christmas morning!

Christmas Store is made possible through the generosity of donors like Herbalife, Rays of Light Philanthropic, Tina Corte & friends, Boeing, LA City Attorneys Office, RBD Communications, Shelter Partnership Inc., Phillipe’s and many more private donors and partnering corporations.

Media Photo Opportunities:
Moms & Dads Shopping for their kids………………………… 9:00am-4:30pm

About Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles.  It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families.  For more information, please visit urm.org.


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