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Rescue Mission prepares for Thanksgiving feast

Aaron Hayes works to prepare a turkey during last week’s lunch services. The turkeys are baked and frozen for Thanksgiving, starting in October. The process continues until Thanksgiving, preparing more than 450 pounds of turkey for the meal.

Aaron Hayes works to prepare a turkey during last week’s lunch services. The turkeys are baked and frozen for Thanksgiving, starting in October. The process continues until Thanksgiving, preparing more than 450 pounds of turkey for the meal. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— “The volunteers help make it festive,” Kociela said. “We’ve seen people for the last 10 to 15 years, and they continue to keep coming back. Many say it’s the highlight of their day.”

Activities for the holidays continue through the month of December. The Rescue Mission welcomes donations for holiday meals and parties, and isin particular need of hams for this year’s Christmas celebrations.

Something that lasts after the holidays, though, is the year-round need for volunteers.

“We get a lull in January,” Kociela said. “We can use people serving meals all the time, but the numbers definitely go down in January.”

The Food Service Center serves three meals a day, and offers home-delivered meals six days a week.

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