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This Thanksgiving, the Downtown Rescue Mission will use local donations to feed children, women and men who are hungry. CONTRIBUTED

Downtown Rescue Mission sees urgent need to feed people for Thanksgiving

MADISON – This year has not been easy for anyone, but individuals who are hungry are facing urgent needs as Thanksgiving Day approaches.

Keith Overholt, President/CEO of Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville, said the number of hungry people needing help has increased dramatically during the COVID-19 crisis.

“You know the global pandemic has made life more difficult for everyone, and we’ve put extra precautions in place to keep our guests and staff safe from infection. We want to feed every struggling person and family that comes to Downtown Rescue Mission for help,” Overholt said.

“By Thanksgiving, we expect even more people will need our support. That’s why we need your help today to meet this urgent and growing need,” he said.

A donation to Downtown Rescue Mission will provide nutritious and delicious food for hungry people. Added safety precautions at the mission’s kitchen and dining area will help to keep everyone safe from coronavirus infection.

Volunteers who spend time at the mission will hear the thoughts of struggling children, women and men who are worried about how they will get through this holiday season and winter months. “There are more hungry people now than ever this fall. You can help,” Overholt said. “Your Thanksgiving gift will provide homeless families with nutritious meals that will warm their bodies and their hearts.”

A donation of $24.48 helps to feed 12 people, Overholt said. A one-time gift of $51 will allow 25 people to receive a meal. A one-time gift of $102 feeds 50 people.

“Please donate now as generously as you are able,” Overholt said. “You’ve been so generous in the past. May God bless you as you show His love to hungry and hurting people in Huntsville this Thanksgiving.”

In addition, the rescue mission’s emergency services are available at no charge to all in need. The mission provides warm meals three times each day, safe overnight shelter, laundry, hygiene and shower services and the opportunity to join their recovery program.

The mission’s mailing address is Downtown Rescue Mission, 1400 Evangel Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35816. For more information, call 256-536-2441 or visit downtownrescuemission.org.

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