Holiday Angels: Beth Farrington 

Beth Farrington

Occupation: Retired Flight Attendant

Residence: Lafayette

What she does: Farrington donates an extensive amount of her time to the San Francisco Rescue Mission, a church-affiliated volunteer service that aids the homeless. For four years, Farrington has been a team leader in the organization, whose recent deeds include setting up 3,200 meals for the homeless in San Francisco, delivering 2,100 hot meals to tenants in recovery resident hotels and collecting a "Mountain of Food" — more than 800 bags of food and $6,000 dollars. Also, through a group she helps head called "Friends of the Mission," Farrington helped raise $80,000 for the S.F. Rescue Mission.

Why she does it: After retiring from her job as a flight attendant in 1999, Farrington sought to increase her involvement in community affairs, something she attributes to the teachings of her church. "One of my gifts is that I love to serve and help people," Farrington said. "I thought the best thing for me would be to transfer those gifts into helping the homeless."

The Impact: "I see a sense of hope in the people and that they might be able to see a light in the end of the tunnel," Farrington said. "Every day we help out, you can see their spirits are lifted."

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