Downtown Rescue Mission Serves Over 350 Children at Christmas Party

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Downtown Rescue Mission spread some holiday cheer Saturday morning, while at the same time helping people to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

More than 100 volunteers joined forces to give kids and their parents a huge celebration.

"We are putting together toy bags to try and reach out to those in the community," said Lisa Young, the Mission's Director of Major Gifts & Community Relations.  "The parents might not be able to afford to provide Christmas for their children."

This year, the Downtown Rescue Mission is helping Santa serve around 350 children.  They started taking requests for help shortly after Thanksgiving and volunteers starting answering the call.

"We are so grateful to the community just reaching out to help us help those who are in need this season," said Young.

And while Christmas is a fun time for kids, the Mission also makes sure they reach out to those kids who have never heard the Christmas story.

"We really feel that giving the gifts and sharing Christ's love that's really what we do it for," said Keith Overholt, President of the Downtown Rescue Mission. "We are going to do a gospel presentation today. And that's what it's all about for us, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ."