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Ebell of LA Partners with Mindful Veteran Project for Holiday Distribution

Ebell of Los Angles offered their west parking lot to the Mindful Veteran Project for a Christmas gift and food distribution.


The west parking lot at the Ebell of Los Angeles was busy today with volunteer elves passing out Christmas cheer to veterans and their families. The collaboration with the Ebell allows the Mindful Veteran Project to help families who would normally attend their Christmas event, which, like so many others, has been cancelled for the last two years because of the pandemic.

Mindful Veteran Project founder Gail Soffer told the Buzz she was determined to find a way to safely distribute food, toiletries, blankets and gifts to the families of people who have served our country this Christmas.

“We are talking about wellness and supporting people who have given so much for this country. I didn’t want to create a super spreader event!” said Soffer. The Mindful Veteran Project was previously known as Mindful Warrior Project. Its mission is to guide veterans in using simple, practical, secular tools of mindfulness, empowering them to cultivate their inner strengths, support their own well-being, participate in their own healing process, explore new possibilities, and enjoy the highest possible quality of life. The organizations does this through a wide range of programs for veterans, their spouses and their families.

“We have featured Gail and several of her veterans at a education program for Ebell members and guests recently, and were delighted to offer our parking lot to Gail and her volunteers,” said Stacy Brightman, the Ebell Executive Director who, along with Ebell Membership Director Meredyth Deighton, was passing out books to families this morning.

More than 170 people were expected to arrive in 60 cars for the event, thanks to the efforts of Soffer and her volunteers.


Gail Soffer, founder of Mindful Veteran Project and chief elf. Soffer is showcasing some colorful headbands made by a disabled veteran.


Elves loaded food, gifts, blankets, toiletries and other items into cars.


Volunteers from the LA County Sheriff’s Department were also on hand to help out.


Ebell Executive Director Stacy Brightman and Membership Director Meredyth Deighton selected books for families.


Volunteers just before the veterans and their families started to arrive.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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