Michael Straumietis sparked the Holiday Heroes’ light in Los Angeles this Christmas, giving away backpacks with daily essentials to thousands of people from LA’s homeless community
Holiday Heroes’ mastermind Michael Straumietis proved kindness knows no limits. It was exactly five years ago, on the eve of Christmas, when he first showed love in action and sparked the light of goodness, delivering boxes chock-full of food right at the doorsteps of needy families in Bulgaria. Мany joined the ranks of Holiday Heroes since then – hundreds of corporate and individual donors, volunteers, media and celebrities are now supporting the HH cause. Their devotion empowered our charity, with the help of volunteers, to bring joy into the lives of thousands of people in need (retired, single mothers, disabled, from large families, unemployed) by providing them with essential foods at home for the two most celebrated Christian holidays – Christmas and Easter.
This Christmas for the first time Michael showed love in action also in Los Angeles, California. The aim of Holiday Heroes USA is to help the thousands of homeless people in the local community. In their first drive there Holiday Heroes gave away to the homeless of LA backpacks with necessities like dental hygiene products, non-perishable food items, blankets, socks, gloves, body wipes, etc. Over forty volunteers backed the initiative, joining Michael at his own house to fill the backpacks.
1,100 backpacks for adults and 500 backpacks for kids were distributed personally by Michael and the volunteers to homeless people in Los Angeles, with the support of a group called
Down But Not Out. Michael and the HH volunteers visited shelters run by Volunteers of America, including a family shelter with 13 families, a men’s shelter with 250 men, and a women’s shelter with 125 women, as well as TLC Residents’ shelter with 30 families. There was help for the homeless on LA’s Skid Row too, and homeless people with dogs received food also for their pets.