January 31 Update

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. – Oscar Wilde.

We are so grateful for you! Your support enables us to do the work we love to do.

January was a busy month. We served over 600 hot meals and gave out an additional 400 snack bags to our Sunday clients. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, and we are excited to do something special for our clients.

We were blessed to have Abdullah Zikria and ICNA Relief (pictured above) join us January 24. Abdullah handed out winter hoodies, blankets, masks, hygiene kits, and socks to our grateful clients. The help came just in time as Long Beach braced for rain and bad weather.

Celia, our Housing Coordinator, has been busy. This week we were able to help a mother of two with rental assistance after she lost her job. We helped another mother with a newborn and a three-year-old who needed to stabilize her housing after ending a domestic violence situation. 

This week, we need your help collecting peach/fruit cups, Mac and Cheese, tuna, soups, SPAM or other canned meats (with pop-off lids), and bottled water. If you are in the mood, Valentine’s candy and other holiday items to drop in our bags would be wonderful. Donations may be dropped off at our alley door on Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m. UCO staff will set up a table in the doorway at the second alley door, and donors are asked to put donations on the table. As always, thank you for being a part of the UCO community.

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