A chance to meet Andre Eithier, and feed your soul

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Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier really doesn’t need the team to push him into going to Skid Row to help serve the poor and homeless, but he’s got that publicity machine behind him Friday when he’ll be making a visit to the Union Rescue Mission for a Farmer John-sponsored event.

The hot-dog company will donate Dodger Dogs that Ethier will help cook and serve up to more than 600 clients, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The mission’s address: 545 S. San Pedro Street. It’s one of the biggest places in the U.S. to serve the needy.

The Dodgers were kind enough to also provide this fact: According to the city and county of Los Angeles, approximately 236,400 men, women and children are homeless yearly and 84,000 people are homeless each night in Los Angeles County.

If you’ve ever been brave enough to venture to that part of town, you’ll know it’s much more serious than just attaching numbers to it.

Please, check it out, if only to get a taste of how other citizens of L.A. try to get by day by day.

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