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Downtown Rescue Mission needs community’s help for the holidays

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Thanksgiving is one month away. Hopefully, your dinner plans include family and full bellies. Many won’t be so lucky, which is where we come in.

The mission’s evening cook Jerome Barkley has a lot of mouths to feed, and he takes pride in making meals at the Downtown Rescue Mission.

“This is a good Christian place and a good place to work and I love working here,” Barkley said.

Thanks to the busy kitchen at the mission, no one goes hungry during the holidays.

“They help people who are so hungry and people that have no place else to go,” Mission Client Raimon Perry said.

Raimon’s mouth is already watering just thinking about the Thanksgiving meal that’s to come.

“It’s just the best thing I’ve experienced since I’ve been home with my grandmother, bless her heart,” Perry said.

Sadly, people don’t find their rescue at the mission because they have a lot. But, that’s just a detail on Thanksgiving Day.

“They eat all they want,” Barkley said. “They feed a whole lot of people and there’s just a whole lot of generosity.”

“Our goal is to get enough resources together to give a thousand food boxes to the community,” Director of Food Operations John Niemeyer said. “The turkeys alone costs well over $10,000 to around $15,000 just depending on the price we’re able to get.”

The meal is one step in the right direction towards the Downtown Rescue Mission’s overall goal.

“To get people’s lives to move in a good direction, the first thing is really meeting those basic needs,” Niemeyer said.

If you would like to help the mission out, you can drop off donations at the main campus located on Evangel Drive off of University Drive. There’s also an option for a cash donation on the rescue’s website.

Sign-up to receive one of the food boxes will be at the Downtown Rescue Mission on November 2nd and November 3rd.