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Rescue Mission expects 2,500 at Christmas meal

The guest list for dinner will easily number into the thousands.

The Rescue Mission expects to serve a Christmas meal to about 2,500 people today. The estimate is based on last year’s turnout, the agency said in a news release.

The meal, free and open to the public, will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at 301 W. Superior St. It’s made possible by food donations from individuals and groups, cash donations and the work of more than 175 volunteers.

This year’s homestyle dinner will consist of oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, rolls, green beans and assorted pies, the news release said.

The Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $3.5 million, offers short- and long-term residential programs for men, women and children. Last year, it provided 45,133 nights of lodging and served 210,838 meals to the homeless and hungry.

For more information about today’s meal, call the Rev. Donovan Coley, Rescue Mission CEO, at 426-7357, ext. 113.