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Midnight Mission will partner with Generic Events and the Consul General of the United Arab Emirates for the 2022 Turkey Trot in Downtown LA. (Generic Events/Submitted)

On Thanksgiving, the Midnight Mission is partnering with Generic Events and the Consul General of the United Arab Emirates to bring its annual Turkey Trot back to Downtown Los Angeles. Aside from soliciting donations from the public, the mission also co-sponsors fundraising events. The trot is set to begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K run, where Thanksgiving themed costumes are encouraged.

After the first 5K run, there will be another 10K run that begins at 9 a.m. followed by the “Widdle-Waddle” at 10:30 a.m., where kids run for a quarter mile. After all the exercise, attendees can look forward to a festival where music and drinks will be provided. The event will finish by noon to give families ample opportunity to head home for Thanksgiving celebrations. Not only will guests have the chance to enjoy the event with their families, but they’ll also be rubbing shoulders with runners from the Skid Row Running Club among many other notable guests. Event registration and donation can be found on turkeytrot.la.

One of the key ways that the mission supports its work of serving approximately 25,000 people a year in its large-scale feeding programs is through donations, both in-kind and financial.

“No donation is too small,” Midnight Mission CEO Mike Arnold said.

Arnold also stressed that 82% of every dollar donated goes to the various projects run by the Mission and that $1.35 can buy one meal for someone in need.

The Midnight Mission was founded by businessman and lay preacher Tom Liddecoat in 1914. The organization’s name came from the meals that followed Liddecoat’s nightly sermons. By 1922, the mission moved away from religious services, becoming a secular nonprofit. What has not changed, however, is the mission’s vocation, developing self-sufficiency in the homeless populations they serve.

According to Arnold, the reason for the focus on self-sufficiency is “because with self-sufficiency comes pride, comes self-confidence, and it’s the proverbial ‘We teach people to fish rather than give them a fish.’”

Through a donation of less than $2, donors have the chance to make a lasting impact in the lives of those impacted by homelessness. Arnold wants to make sure people understand that “no one wants to be homeless. … They have challenges in their lives that they are just unable to effectively deal with on their own, which is what makes organizations like ours so important.”

Midnight Mission Turkey Trot

WHERE: The race starts and finishes in front of City Hall

at 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 24

INFO: turkeytrot.la