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City Rescue Mission Predicts Record Numbers on Thanksgiving

With Jacksonville unemployment hovering around 10 percent, City Rescue Mission is anticipating a record turnout for their annual free Thanksgiving dinner.  The New Life Inn on State Street in Downtown Jacksonville is prepared to feed upwards of 500 men, women and children from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday.
“On any given night, there are approximately 4,000 homeless living on our city streets, but there are also a great deal of families that are struggling in our area due to loss of jobs and the economy,” said Penny Kievet, Director of Resource Development for City Rescue Mission. “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.”  
Homelessness has increased more 30 percent in Jacksonville over the past year, while charitable giving has dropped significantly. City Rescue Mission operates solely on donations from the community including individual contributions and corporate sponsorships with area businesses.
“We are grateful to our donors for everything they do for City Rescue Mission throughout the year. As we head into the holiday season, we ask everyone to remember all the things they have to be thankful for in their lives and to give back to their neighbors if they can,” said Kievet.
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. and bagged lunches will be handed out 4-5 p.m.  For more information, contact Penny Kievet at (904) 421-5156 or via email at

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