Rescue Mission seeks 1,000 turkeys to meet need

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The Rome Rescue Mission is asking the community for help to provide holiday meals to those in need. The Rescue Mission says it needs 1,000 turkeys this Thanksgiving to meet the need.

Donations are being accepted Monday through Friday at the mission at 413 E. Dominick St. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

Food items needed, the Rescue Mission said, include: 1,000 turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, vegetables (fresh or canned), coffee, hot cocoa, creamer, sugar, milk, juice, eggs, fruit, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, pies/desserts, and gallon size freezer zip lock bags.

Monetary donations are also accepted, and checks can be mailed to PO box 337, Rome, NY, 13440, or online at Romemission.org.

To keep people safe and adhere to the pandemic safety guidelines this year, the Rescue Mission will only provide Thanksgiving meals to go from its site from noon to 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving Meal delivery is available on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the following locations: Colonial I, 11:30-11:40 a.m.; Colonial II, 11:45 a.m. to noon; Valentine Apartments, 12:15-12:30 p.m.; Liberty Gardens, 12:45-1 p.m.; Georgian Arms, 1:15-1:30 p.m.

All are welcome to stop by any of these locations to pick up a meal.

Thanksgiving Day, the Rescue Mission will deliver Thanksgiving meals at the following locations: Rome Towers noon to 12:15 p.m.; Rome Mall Apartments, 12:30-12:45 p.m.; Park Drive Manor, 1-1:15 p.m.; and the 400 block of Ann Street from 1:30-1:45 p.m.

The Rescue Mission will be closed for the day on Friday, Nov. 27.

The Rome Rescue Mission is a Christian organization committed to assisting the least, the last, and the lost. Many come to their doors seeking a warm meal, a loving environment, and a hope for a brighter future, officials said.

The Rome Rescue Mission serves 200 meals per day and has an 18-bed shelter for women and children.

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