First Aid


We want to engage our community in the commission of small acts that can have significant and positive impacts on the enormous population of homeless people and those in need in Los Angeles, currently numbered at more than 65,000 people*. Through the distribution of hygiene kits for families (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks and other essentials), as well as school care kits for our youth, we take everyday items that some might take for granted, and transform them into packages that can literally change a life. These essentials foster a sense of hope, dignity and pride today, and provide important motivation to create a better tomorrow.


Giving is a way of life.

*NPR 6.12.20

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Kathrin Middleton, Founding Partner

I'm a Mom, Wife, and an Actress for 39 years. My life experience has shown me what it is to struggle, and sometimes feel like life isn’t on your side. Which is why many years ago, I began my journey of giving back. I have volunteered with Catholic Charities and many others that have touched my heart. Giving back is beyond rewarding, it has enriched my life deeply.  I find that the more I give,  the more alive and whole I feel. And giving back isn't just about supporting a charitable cause - - getting involved with the community and with my family is priceless. I have loved being a youth volleyball coach for boys and girls,  introducing kids to a sport they might not other wise have had the to opportunity to experience. 


My work has taken me around the globe where I've been lucky enough to experience other cultures and environments. It's given me a global perspective and I feel incredibly grateful for everything. When I see how challenging life can be for all of us at any given time, especially throughout 2020, it was impossible for me not to act, to give others that same opportunity to live in gratitude. And with that gratitude, I am thrilled to finally be able to create The Giving Station LA with my best friend and husband, who’s beliefs and desires are in alignment with my own. We believe giving back,  even if it’s just  a smile to someone you don’t know, creates change and engages us to the world, to our community to everyone around us. We hope you will engage with us, to give back, to provide what might seem small but can make a huge impact on someone's life. Together, we can make our world a better place. 

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Kristin Carey, Founding Partner

As a graduate of The University of Southern California, with a BFA in Theatre, I have had the great fortune of working professionally in Film, TV and Stage for 30 years.


After suffering a severe back injury, I discovered Pilates during my rehabilitation and it changed my life.  It inspired me to explore this form of healing and open my own Pilates Studio.  It brings me so much joy to help people reach their goals and build their confidence. I have supported many charities over the years, but 2020 brought something different to the forefront.  I had never witnessed such intense suffering and so many people in extreme need.   My heart was broken on a daily basis and I needed to get into action.  So I grabbed my best friend, who felt the same way, and The Giving Station LA was born. 


We acknowledge how lucky we are and share the same passion to help those going through difficult times. We know we can make a difference.

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Richard Middleton, Founding Partner

I am a long-time resident of Los Angeles, California, arriving in 1984 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Political Science and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1993, I’ve worked extensively and successfully in the entertainment industry, the past twenty years as a Producer of both theatrical feature films and television series. I’ve been privileged to produce films that have garnered significant acclaim, with multiple invitations to screen those films at the prestigious Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, culminating with THE ARTIST, which won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture.

My work has afforded me the opportunity to travel to many parts of the United States and the world. And no matter where those journeys have taken me, both here and abroad, the struggles of everyday men, women and children are unfortunately evident and so clearly in need of our assistance. “Making the world a better place” is a foundational belief of so much good philanthropy, and I believe the “world” we live in everyday, the local community that surrounds us, and binds us together, is the right place to start if we want to truly challenge ourselves and make a difference in the lives of others.       


Start small. Think big. Be focused.     

I believe The Giving Station L.A. is an organization that promotes those objectives, and I am blessed to be a part of the team, putting the benefits of my success to work in the quest of improving the health, welfare and well being of others.