Rescue Mission Serves Up Hot Holiday Meals (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw - NBC33

December 26, 2013 Updated Dec 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) – Volunteers with the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission spent their Christmas Day holiday preparing meals for the less-fortunate.

The hungry came from all over the city to get a hot, holiday meal. Turkeys, mashed potatoes, green beans, even a number of assorted pies were donated from entities like the Community Harvest Food Bank, Gordon’s Food Service, and numerous members of the community.

In all, the 1,200 volunteers prepared 2,200 meals which were both served at the Rescue Mission as well as delivered to those who were unable to get out in the cold.

"What I realized yesterday, especially as I was on the road delivering meals was that many people in our community do not have family with them,” said Rev. Donovan Coley. “So having a place like the Rescue Mission, people are able to come into a very safe, family atmosphere and they are able to get a traditional Christmas meal. And that was just heart-warming for them as well as for us."

Wednesday’s meal started at 11:45am and was served until 3:00pm. Food deliveries continued until a little after 4:00pm.

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