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Rescue Mission

Best known for providing hot meals to those in need, the Rescue Mission also offers emergency shelter and long-term housing, clothing for all ages and employment resources in the Syracuse area, among other programs.

"A $25 donation to the Rescue Mission would provide about 12 meals in our dining facility or one night of emergency shelter," said Paul LaDolce, communications director of the Syracuse and CNY Rescue Mission.

When it comes to feeding the hungry, every penny truly counts: LaDolce said in November of this year, the Rescue Mission served 5,219 more meals than in November 2009, with a 17 percent increase in women and children taking advantage of the Rescue Mission's hot meals.

"Our services are increasing in a very difficult economy that is also impacting the people who support us," LaDolce added.

To donate to the Rescue Mission of Syracuse and Central New York, visit rmsyr.org, call 472-6251 or mail checks to Rescue Mission, Dept. IN99, P.O. Box 11122, Syracuse, NY, 13218.

Vera House

In it's mission to end domestic and sexual abuse, Vera House provides a variety of resources including emergency shelter at confidential locations for women and children as well as men, rape crisis and sexual assault services, advocacy programs, and youth and community counseling and education programs.

Though donations help support all Vera House programs, Director of Communications and Special Events Chris Benton said a $25 donation, for example, would provide one hour of therapeutic counseling for an individual in crisis, at no cost to the client.

To donate to Vera House visit verahouse.org, or send a check to 6181 Thompson Road, Suite 100, Syracuse, NY, 13206.

Food Bank of CNY

As if proof was needed of an increasing need, the Food Bank of Central New York recently transitioned to a new, larger warehouse space in Baldwinsville.

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