More than 600 expected at Rescue Mission’s Christmas banquet

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Christmas will come a bit early at Rockford Rescue Mission. The Mission, at 715 W. State St., will serve its annual Christmas banquet at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 24.

For more than 50 consecutive Christmases, Rockford Rescue Mission has been preparing a Christmas dinner for the hungry, homeless and lonely people in the Rockford area.

We will be serving a traditional Christmas meal complete with ham, au gratin potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls and cake,” said Executive Director Sherry Pitney. “In addition to a delicious meal, there will be all of the sights and sounds of Christmas. No one should spend the holiday alone. We want to let them know that we care about them, to share God’s love and show them there is hope.”

The Mission is preparing to serve more than 600 at the Christmas banquet. It is free to anyone who needs a place to celebrate the holiday.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will also be provided on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Mission has been helping the homeless, hungry and hurting 24-7-365 since 1964,” said Pitney. “Everyone is welcome — people in need, people who are alone. Our table is open.”

Financial donations can be made online at www.rockfordrescuemission.org. Information about the Mission’s volunteer opportunities and year-round programs and services can be found on their website as well.

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1964, Rockford Rescue Mission provides nutritious meals and safe shelter for thousands of hungry and homeless men, women and children every year, along with recovery programs and outreach services to rescue, recover and restore the lives of those who are struggling in the Rockford community.

Posted Dec. 23, 2014

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