Lend a hand to local charities this season

Organizations that aid the homeless are gearing up for their annual holiday events. Want to help? Here’s a few of the groups that would be grateful.

School on Wheels, a service that brings K-12 tutoring to homeless kids, will bring 200 of its students to Bob Morris’ annual Christmas party for them at his Paradise Cove Beach Café in Malibu on Dec. 20. Although the kids will be opening gifts from Santa, this nonprofit group also needs donations as well as volunteer tutors willing to work with one student for one hour each week.

“We tutor children who live in shelters, motels, cars and on the streets. And the numbers are increasing,” said founder Agnes Stevens, whose organization received Oprah’s Angel Award. Her org sends almost 300 tutors to shelters in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Call (310) 589-2642 or visit Web site www.schoolonwheels.org.

People Assisting the Homeless, headed by Joel John Roberts, has launched its 21st Imaginary Feast, a “non-event” fundraiser. It’s seeking funding for gift packages that include food and clothing for seven people ($50) and job training for three ($250). PATH provides its services to 4,500 people each year through three locations, including its mall. To contribute, call (323) 644-2200. Visit www.epath.org

The Bible Tabernacle, a nondenominational homeless shelter in Venice, will cook and serve 2,400 Christmas Eve dinners from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 24, and needs volunteers for the day. Donations to buy food and new toys for children are welcome. To volunteer or donate, call (310) 821-6116. The church is at 1761 Washington Way; Rev. Willie F. Pace is the senior pastor.Visit www.thebibletabernacle.com

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