Celebrities Give Thanks for Getting to Volunteer on Skid Row

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Celebrities are such a selfless bunch. Every year, they descend on Skid Row during Thanksgiving Day to feed the homeless out of the goodness of their hearts, and not at all because they want to get photographed.


According to The Wire, celebrity volunteering has become so popular that deals are made months in advance to ensure certain stars a spot:

If you're a producer for The Bold and the Beautiful, volunteering at a shelter could lead to a several-episode character arc, in which bold and beautiful cancer-patient "Stephanie Forrester" rediscovers the meaning of life through the tales of of the down-on-their-luck. If you're Dick Van Dyke, you'll showcase a rap version of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" during brunch on Thursday.


Okay, first of all, The Bold and the Beautiful arc is not only real, but it features a character named Dayzee. And once I see that Dick Van Dyke rap, I'll be ready to declare Celebrity Skid Row Thanksgiving the best event ever. But before you get down on celebrities for not remembering that homeless people could use their assistance on the other 364 days of the year, The Wire points out that ordinary people do this too. This year the NYC Rescue Mission had to cap their volunteers at 200 because there were too many people just standing around last year.

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I regularly volunteer at Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles and I can't even volunteer on Thanksgiving because when I tried to sign up (a month in advance) they didn't have any available spots.

And neither did anyone else in Los Angeles. I had no idea volunteering on Thanksgiving was such a prestige.