Our Latest Pop-Up Giving Events

Helping Kids Thrive Drive

It’s easy to feel down about the state of the world these days . . . COVID-19, fires, racial injustice, politics . . . but if you look closely, you’ll notice there are people quietly yet fiercely working to help those who need it the most. How do we THRIVE individually and as a community during this chaotic time?

One of the simplest ways to THRIVE is to acknowledge our own fears and insecurities and then think of one simple thing we can do for another person today to make someone else’s life a little bit better. “Your life is not about you. It’s about the people you serve.” This is a quote by Neale Donald Walsch that, to me, sums up the best way to get ourselves out of depressive feelings!

Here are three organizations that are helping others THRIVE every single day.

Thank you to Brown Bag Lady for their donation of new backpacks and tote bags to CASA of Los Angeles. Brown Bag Lady is a grassroots organization that serves the homeless community in Los Angeles by serving hot home cooked meals, blankets, clothes and essential supplies. They’ve served over 14,000 meals since the Pandemic began in March!

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles is a wonderful organization that mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Please consider volunteering or making donations to these worthy organizations! Together, we can get through this. In fact, together we can THRIVE.


Brown Bag Lady just donated another box of 30 brand new backpacks and more new tote bags! We brought them over to The Glendale Unified School District Student Wellness Services Department. They coordinate programs for foster youth to break down barriers to school enrollment and create academic stability for their students. They ensure immediate enrollment in the Free & Reduced lunch program, assist families with before and after school programs, and facilitate communication and problem-solving between families and school site staff. In other words, they help their students THRIVE.

Extra Special Update:

A big thank you to our friend and frequent donor, Gary Allen, for his donation of hundreds of dollars worth of Target gift cards to CASA of Los Angeles. Every foster child who enters the courthouse for a hearing receives a stuffed animal or toy. However, during the pandemic, there has been a shortage of toys to give out. Gary’s donation will go toward providing more toys. The gift cards will also be given to kids so they can purchase items they need. Thank you, Gary, for helping CASA of Los Angeles kids THRIVE!

Martin Luther King Jr. Toiletries Drive



Thank you to Burbank Girl Scout Cadette Troop 316 for taking all of the toiletries collected during our drive and creating over 800 individual kits for the GCC Food For Thought Pantry!  The effort and thought they put into creating these kits show just how much they CARE.


When we CARE for someone, we look after or provide for the needs of another person.  The health of a community can be seen in the many ways we CARE for our neighbors – especially our students.  Students who attend Glendale Community College are striving to create better lives for themselves through education and job skills training.  However, in addition to attending classes, many students hold jobs and still do not have enough money for food and toiletries.

The Glendale Community College Food For Thought Pantry helps address the problem of hungry and homeless students.

My life rocks because of you!

During Martin Luther King Jr. week, we hosted a Pop-Up Giving Event at the Crescenta Commons in La Crescenta collecting toiletries for the Food For Thought Pantry .  All week, families showed how much they CARE by donating hundreds of toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, soap, razors, feminine supplies and more!

Thank you to the Crescenta Valley High School’s Prom Plus Club, Monte Vista Elementary Girl Scout Troop 6961 and all our friends and neighbors who CARE so much for the college students in our community.


Read all about the good work being done at the Glendale Community College Food For Thought Food Pantry and our Martin Luther King Jr. Toiletries Drive Pop-Up Event!

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Job Interview Makeup & Stylist Workshop 

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When YES – Youth Emerging Stronger mentioned that their homeless, runaway and foster youth could benefit from professional makeup and wardrobe advice, we knew just the people to call!

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Our makeup artist and stylist friends from TV, movies and commercials jumped right in to plan and host a “Job Interview Makeup & Stylist Workshop” held on a Sunday afternoon at a YES group home. 

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Our volunteers and 12 youth played “Name that Job” wardrobe games and learned how to choose job interview clothes that best reflect their future professions.  The youth also learned how to apply their makeup in a natural and professional way bringing out the beauty within each of them.


However, what we believed would be a workshop of teaching, actually turned out to be an afternoon about something much more powerful – CONNECTION.  


CONNECTION is having a shared experience with others that involves laughter and goodwill.  It involves a sense of being open and taking the time to listen to someone else and then feeling listened to and understood.  It turns out that sitting in a makeup chair is one of the best forms of CONNECTION!  We discovered a shared sense of intimacy, an ease of laughter and conversation, and a feeling of vulnerability and care. Genuine smiles lit up faces.  And nervous giggles became full belly laughs.  


One of the best things about Pop-Up Giving Events is that we are always learning more about what it means to share our gifts with others.  We discovered that sharing our expertise in makeup and clothes was simply the entry point into CONNECTION and a way to truly see not just with our eyes but with our hearts.


We are especially proud to be supported by  Pacifica Beauty – a vegan, cruelty-free clean brand of makeup products.  Pacifica Beauty donated makeup kits to each young person attending our workshop.  Thank you Pacifica Beauty for your kindness and generosity!

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no beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart

About Us



For those who wish to build a better world, The Giving Express builds community toward a shared goal for good by hosting themed Pop-Up Giving Events with the simple belief that the act of giving is a powerful agent of change.

We focus on “growing more givers” by igniting a passion for generosity and providing ordinary people a way to use their unique resources and skills to surprise people with unexpected and needed support in communities across the greater Los Angeles area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does The Giving Express work?

We first identify a NEED by working with other nonprofits and individuals to find neighbors who need specific goods and services.  Then we work with a giving partner (like a school, community group, mall or corporation) to come up with a SOLUTION.  The Giving Express can host anything we dream up: pet therapy for seniors, English tutoring for immigrant children, baby showers for new mothers in need, donation drives for shoes, kitchenware or sports equipment – the list is limited only by our imaginations and the needs of our neighbors. The Giving Express is placed on the partner campus and filled up with donations and volunteers from the partner organization and the community at large.  Lastly, we mobilize The Giving Express and it arrives with volunteers in tow to surprise and support our neighbors with goods and/or services.  You never know where we’ll pop up next!

How can I donate money to support The Giving Express?

We rely solely on donations from the community.  Please consider supporting us by donating to our upcoming Indiegogo campaign in Spring 2019.  This will be our first fundraiser to raise money to purchase supplies and a van to house our first The Giving Express.  A plan to purchase and refurbish a trailer is in the works! Please subscribe to our mailing list for details about our Indiegogo campaign and to be notified of upcoming Pop-Up Giving Events.

How can I donate goods to a Pop-Up Giving Event?

Thank you for donating goods!  We will happily collect the specific goods requested at the location of our current Pop-Up Giving Event.  The location and the collection date of our current Pop-Up Giving Event will be listed on our website.

Will you be able to accept donations after the date of the Pop-Up Giving Event?  

Unfortunately, we will not be able to collect goods past the Pop-Up date.  However, we encourage you to contact the receiving nonprofit to discuss dropping off donations yourself.  

Can I volunteer to help at a Pop-Up Giving Event?

Yes!  We are always looking for help at both the giving and the receiving locations.  We need volunteers to collect and organize goods at Pop-Up Giving Events and we also need volunteers to pass out goods and assist with services at the receiving end.  If you would like to volunteer, please email us and provide the names, email addresses and phone numbers of all in your party.  And let us know the ages of any children who will be volunteering.  Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.  

What if I have extra clothes, shoes, etc. that I would like to give away.  Do you take them?

No.  We only take very specific items that are requested by our receiving partners.  A list of these items change with each Pop-Up Giving Event and will be listed on our website. But please consider donating your goods to other nonprofits in your neighborhood!

Where and when is the next Pop-Up Giving Event and how can I find out more about it?

Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive our email invitations.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and we will always post new events on our website homepage.

I have an idea for a Pop-Up Giving Event.  Can I share it with you?

Yes please!  We are always looking for new ideas from the community.  

I have a talent I would like to share.  How can I donate my time and services?

Everyone has a superpower and we love it when people share their talents in the service of others.  Please tell us about your skills and how you would like to help others through The Giving Express.

I know of a nonprofit, a school, a community, or a family who could use some help.  Can I recommend them to you?

Absolutely!  We rely on you, and others in the giving community, to let us know about our neighbors in need of goods, services or maybe just a little cheering up.   

What if I want to donate money to the specific nonprofit or receiving partner of a Pop-Up Giving Event?

We will gladly accept cash or check donations (checks made out directly to the receiving group) in person at our Pop-Up Giving Events.  Thank you for your generosity!