Kirk Douglas on a mission

95 year old actor Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne volunteered at the Los Angeles Mission this past Thanksgiving.

Kirk and Anne Douglas have been benefactors of the Los Angeles Mission for decades, having provided funds for renovations, programs and a women’s centre.

LA Mission president Herb Smith says that the Douglas’s assistance at the facility comes from his personal history with the Mission before he was famous for films such as Spartacus and Paths of Glory.

“Mr Douglas, his father was a ragman, he knows what it’s like to be on the street and to be hungry,” said Mr Smith.

“When he first came to LA, he actually got meals at the Los Angeles Mission, before he was famous. And so, they understand the population that we work with, they have the heart for that.”.

The Los Angeles Mission serves roughly 4,000 meals for its Thanksgiving feast, and over 600,000 meals annually.

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