Our Latest Pop-Up Giving Events

Join us at our next Pop-Up Giving Event



Come join us at our next Pop-Up Giving Event in La Crescenta celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday!

We’re collecting personal care items (especially travel size items) for the Glendale Community College Food For Thought Pantry benefitting local students who are experiencing food and resource scarcity.


Job Interview Makeup & Stylist Workshop – November 2019


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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



Family Portrait Day

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Family is the glue that holds communities together. The dictionary defines a family as “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household”.  However, a family can be any group that involves a sense of belonging, connectedness, love, respect and support.  


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Our Family Portrait Day at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Family Shelter was a celebration of all familiesfamilies transitioning out of homelessness, families volunteering together, and families of all shapes, sizes and configurations!


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This is Suzette.  She is celebrating the birth of her new baby 5 days ago.  She lives at the shelter with her 3 small children after the death of her partner.  Suzette is working hard as an accountant and saving money to move into a home of her own.  Congratulations to the new mom!





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We hope these family portraits will serve as a happy reminder of all things family.  Click here to learn more about The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and how you can help support neighborhood families move out of homelessness.




Everyone has a gift to give.  What’s yours?



A very special thank you to Gary Allen for his generous sponsorship of this event.

Three Cheers for Our Givers!


Fiscal Sponsor of many things!

Click here to learn more about Gary . . .




Portrait Photographer for Family Portrait Day.

Click here to learn more about Cory . . .




Lead Student Volunteer for Tech Help For Seniors Day.

Click here to learn more about Edan . . .

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!