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L.A. Mission to serve homeless on Good Friday

April 7, 2009 | 10:09 am

Responding to the economic downturn, the Los Angeles Mission downtown plans to serve nearly 3,000 meals to the homeless on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 2,000 pairs of news shoes donated by Etnies will be distributed.

Attendees at the Good Friday event are expected to include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, city officials and dozens of celebrities, who will serve meals and wash people's feet. Easter Week foot washing is a Christian tradition memorializing Jesus, who washed the feet of his disciples the night before he was crucified.

The event will be held at the Mission at 5th and Wall streets. It comes as shelters across L.A. County saw twice as many families seeking shelter this past winter over the previous winter, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

-- Ruben Vives