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Celebs, Angelenos Spend Christmas Helping The Needy

LOS ANGELES (— Celebrities and Angelenos alike are coming together Tuesday to give those in need a Christmas to remember.

Actor Dick Van Dyke and CBS2's Kent Shocknek, along with hundreds of volunteers, served hot meals to thousands at the Midnight Mission on Skid Row around 8 a.m. Needy children had the opportunity to choose their own gifts and meet St. Nick at the event.

The nonprofit group Love of God is feeding the homeless on Skid Row at Sixth and San Julian streets in downtown LA.

Around 900 people were expected to get a free serving of food at Hollywood United Methodist Church from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., thanks to the Temple Israel of Hollywood's annual Christmas dinner for the homeless.

The Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena will hold its annual "Christmas Dinner-in-the-Park" at noon. The group provides food to low-income families and anyone else who doesn't have a place to call home during the holidays. This year's event will be held at USHS's Adult Center at 412 S. Raymond Ave.

Arsenio Hall, Dane Cook, Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold, and other comedians plan to serve food and perform live shows at the Laugh Factory's 33rd annual Christmas Dinner and Toy Giveaway in Hollywood. The free meals are open to comedians, actors and anyone who is alone for the holiday, including the elderly and underprivileged. Shows are scheduled for 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.

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