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City Rescue Mission to Host “Turkey and a Tour” Turkey Drive

In preparation for feeding the homeless and needy this holiday season, City Rescue Mission is seeking donations to help feed more than 1,000 people on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. From 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 6, City Rescue Mission will host the “Turkey and a Tour” turkey drive at the New Life Inn on State Street in Downtown Jacksonville. Community members are asked to drop off a turkey to assist in serving thousands of hungry men, women and children who come to the Mission for help. 

“Turkey is the centerpiece of holiday meals, and we want to be sure that there is plenty for everyone who is in need of a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner,” said Penny Kievet, Director of Resource Development for City Rescue Mission. “The Turkey and a Tour event is a great way for the community to give back by helping those in need, as well as to serve as a reminder of all the things they have to be thankful for in their own lives.”

City Rescue Mission hopes to receive at least 300 turkeys on Nov. 6 to help carry them though the holiday season. Donated turkeys must be frozen and other food donations will also be accepted. City Rescue Mission staff will be on hand to process the donations, making it quick and easy for community members to drop off their goods. Tours of the New Life Inn will also be given for anyone interested in seeing the facilities.

“On any given night, there are approximately 4,000 homeless living on our city streets,” said Kievet. “Now more than ever, it is so important that we are able to serve all of the families in need in our community during the holiday season.” 

City Rescue Mission will have meals available on Thanksgiving Day at the New Life Inn on State Street for anyone in need. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m.  For more information regarding donations or mission services, please contact Kathi Crothers, Volunteer Coordinator at (904) 421-5157.

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