Giving All Year Long

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Each year Huntsville's Downtown Rescue Mission feeds hundreds of community homeless during their Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. Mission staffers say while they never have a shortage of volunteers during these times, the Mission's creed of rescue and rehabilitation never takes a holiday.

"The Thanksgiving and Christmas meal are of course very important to the Mission because of the time of the year and people thinking more along the festive lines of getting family together and whatnot but the reality is the Mission requires volunteer support every day of the year," says Phil Palmer who is in his twentieth year serving at the Downtown Rescue Mission. "So, if somebody is thinking they want to come down here and help out but they can't because they're with their families over the holidays, please come down during the year and we can use all the help we can get."

Palmer says the Mission typically serves 600 to 750 people seven days a week. Staffing needs usually require 15 to 20 volunteers daily just to make the wheels turn.

"The need go from working in the thrift stores helping us out to administrative to helping serve behind the line in the kitchen. So it's not just food that makes the mission work, we;ve got volunteers that come down to tutor people so that they can get their GEDs; if you've got a talent bring it down, we can use it whether it's wood working, carpentry, electrician, if you just want to give your time and effort ."

For information on how you can get involved year round, visit the Downtown Rescue Mission website.

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