TACO is a
monthly event supported by many Churches and social groups around San Diego County. Our scheduled day for this
charity is the 3rd Monday of each month.
Church members volunteer to serve in the First Lutheran Church's soup
kitchen, downtown San Diego at 3rd and Ash, at 3:30 PM. No cooking is involved -- all
that's needed is a friendly face and willing hands. Our group is coordinated and chaperoned. Questions or need a ride? Call Lori Cook at 760 918-2401. Hope to see you there! Matthew 25:3
Our next opportunity to serve is listed on our church calendar. For special TACO events check the lastest weekly bulletin announcements.
TACO's Clothing and Hygiene Needs
We LOVE your donations! Based on our clientele needs and our limited storage
space, we will now be collecting the following donations. Thank you for your support!
Socks – men’s new white crew
Underwear – men’s boxers L and XL; women’s briefs M-XL
Jeans and Shorts – men’s and women’s
Tennis Shoes and Flip Flops – men’s and women’s
Soap & Lotion, Shampoo & Conditioner– hotel and travel size
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Baseball Caps, Sunscreen, Chapstick
Jackets & Sweatshirts - men’s and women’s
Beanies (Winter Hats), Gloves, & Scarves
To drop off your donations, email Michelle Steuber at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call and leave a message at 619-235-9445 x 102.
TACO's annual Christmas Giveaway
-- Each year 250 sleeping bags, backpacks or duffle bags are given out to our guests on the Monday before Christmas, many
times the only Christmas celebration our guests will have. Each gift is stuffed with a sweatshirt (preferably
hooded), flannel shirt, thermal tops, warm gloves, mittens and scarves, packages of men's socks, toiletries and other items
donated to this wonderful project. It's both heartwarming and heartbreaking to see how grateful our guests are!
The immediate need is for money to purchase the 250 big presents which can generally be purchased in bulk for $20 each.
Please make checks payable to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, be sure to write TACO on the memo line and put them into the lock
box on the wall by the Giving Tree or give to Lori Cook to turn in. Any other items may be left in the TACO box under
the Giving Tree, as usual. Thank you so much!
Suggestions For In-kind Gifts
are some ways to help TACO provide vital services to the homeless, disabled, and working poor in downtown San Diego:
Hold a drive to collect blankets or sleeping bags for
Knit scarves or hats for our guests - any length or color is fine.
Donate food to the hot meal program.
Larger quantities of fresh fruit, sliced American cheese, bread, meat, fresh vegetables, and gallons of milk are always put
to good use.
Gather or purchase new men's socks.
Provide non-perishable, no-refrigeration-needed sack lunches for the days when
TACO does not serve hot meals. Suggested food includes fruit cups with spoons; small lunch packs with pop-top cans; packages
of cookies; bottles of water; and granola or energy bars.
Celebrate a special event such as a birthday, anniversary
or even just an "I'm blessed" day by sponsoring a hot meal. TACO will work with you to plan, cook, and serve the
meal. Or, if it's more convenient for you, using your contribution we will take care of all the details and you can simply
enjoy serving the meal.
Assemble personal hygeine bags for patio guests. Zip-lock bags are ideal. Good items to include are
hotel-size shampoo and conditioner; small bars of soap or body wash; chap stick with SPF 15; toothbrushes and small tubes
of toothpaste; disposable razors.
Donate larger quantities of disposable razors.
Donate Men's T-shirts (all sizes).
$5 gift certificates to McDonald's or Burger King.
For more information contact:
TACO Volunteer Coordinator
San Diego, CA 92101