Our Latest Pop-Up Giving Events

Takeout Utensils & Condiments Drive

Thank you to the Crescenta Valley Girl Scout Service Unit for helping us collect all those plastic takeout utensils and condiment packets we’ve amassed during the Pandemic! Let’s help support the LA Sanitation and Environment’s City Facilities Recycling Program by recycling these items to be used at the St. Francis Food Kitchen and Pantry in downtown Los Angeles.

Items can be dropped of Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm from now through Oct. 29 at one of these 7 drop off locations:

East Valley District Yard: 11050 Penedleton St., Sun Valley, CA 91352

West Los Angeles District Yard: 2027 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

West Valley District Yard: 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge, CA 91234

South Los Angeles District Yard: 786 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90023

North Central District Yard: 452 San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Harbor District Yard: 1400 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Washington Yard: 2649 E. Washington Blvd., Building B, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Welcome Afghan Families in Los Angeles

Welcome a family by clicking here to find and purchase from a list of the essential items specific families need to help get started in their new home.


Martin Luther King Jr. Toiletries Drive

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

What an INSPIRATION!

We had so much fun delivering over 350 homemade hygiene kits to Brown Bag Lady, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to feeding and providing basic necessities to the homeless population in the Greater Los Angeles Area and, specifically, on Skid Row. We watched as their volunteers prepared to go out and deliver hundreds of meals, hygiene kits and clothing to underserved communities in downtown Los Angeles.

Jackie of Brown Bag Lady took us on a tour of their new headquarters.

She is gave us an INSPIRING speech about the importance of following your dreams and helping others.

Thank you to all who donated items at RUNWAY, Playa Vista and The Martial Way in La Crescenta. Community service volunteers from Paul Revere Middle School, Mark Twain Middle School and Notre Dame Academy spent many hours creating these hygiene kits for those experiencing homelessness. You INSPIRE us all!

Helping Kids Thrive Drive

It’s easy to feel down about the state of the world these days . . . COVID-19, fires, racial injustice, divisive politics . . . but if you look closely, you’ll notice 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. Then, think of one simple thing we can do now for another person to better someone else’s life. “Your life is not about you. It’s about the people you serve.” For me, this quote by Neale Donald Walsch sums up the best way to relieve 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.

Update:

Brown Bag Lady just donated another box of 30 brand new backpacks and more new tote bags which were given to The Glendale Unified School District Student Wellness Services Department. This department coordinates programs for foster youth that break down barriers to school enrollment and create academic stability for their students. Immediate enrollment is ensured in the Free & Reduced lunch program which assists families with before-and- after school programs and facilitates 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. 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!

And WOW! 81 pairs of brand new Vans shoes were donated to us by Brown Bag Lady! The shoes promise to bring smiles to the faces of CASA kids and huge grins to our volunteers (under the face masks, of course!).

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.

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

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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.  

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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.

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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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About Us

For those who wish to build a better world, The Giving Express builds community through 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.  You never know where we’ll pop up next!

How can I support The Giving Express?

You can support our “Call to Action” on our homepage.  Keep checking our website to find the one simple thing you can do today to help make our community a better place!

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

Yes!  We are always looking for help at both the giving and 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?

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