The Long Beach Rescue Mission, 1430 Pacific Ave., has kicked off its Thanksgiving Campaign seeking $2.20 donations or more to provide meals, shelter, and services to those in need this holiday season.
LONG BEACH – The Long Beach Rescue Mission is kicking off its 2021 Thanksgiving Campaign ahead of the holiday season. The Mission seeks donations from the public to assist in providing meals, shelter, hygiene products, and services to at-risk local residents in the coming months.
The Rescue Mission, like most shelters, receives an influx of guests during the holiday season. Donations from the public help to alleviate shortages in food, clothing, and personal hygiene items while also ensuring the continuation of all vital services at the Mission.
Donations can be made in the form of a simple payment of $2.20 to provide a Thanksgiving meal at the Mission, clothing or other gently-used items to the Mission Thrift Store, hygiene products to both the Samaritan and Lydia Houses, or a monetary donation in any amount.
Proceeds from the Thanksgiving Campaign will provide meals at the Mission’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. Mission staff has confirmed the dinner will be held this year, but not on Thanksgiving Day. In an effort to provide those in need with more holiday meal options, the dinner will be held the day before on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
Throughout the year, the Long Beach Rescue Mission provides daily meals, free of charge, to those in need. According to the website, “Providing a meal is often the first step to meeting the immediate needs of men, women, and children who are in a state of despair and hopelessness. With your help and generosity, our kitchen serves around 250,000 meals per year.”
Breakfast is served each morning and is open to Mission residents only and overnight guests. Lunch is available to the public and served at noon, Monday through Thursday; Sunday following Chapel service around 10:30 a.m. Those attending lunch during the week should arrive before noon to be served. Dinner is also open to the public and served seven days a week at 6 p.m.
In addition to daily meals, programs like “Dinner on Me” allow a person, business, or organization to donate a night of meals to Rescue Mission residents. A standard donation of $500 provides a nutritious meal to all 300 people who reside there. The featured sponsor is able to send a personalized message to the residents which appear with their name on a screen throughout the evening. Those interested in participating in this generous program are encouraged to visit, https://lbrm.org/ways-to-help/dinner-on-me/ for more information or to reserve a night to sponsor.
Volunteers and donations are both greatly needed and appreciated all year long at the Rescue Mission, but are crucial during the holiday season. Those interested in volunteering can visit, https://lbrm.org/ways-to-help/volunteer/. To find out more details about donations, visit https://lbrm.org/ways-to-help/current-needs/.
To learn more about the Long Beach Rescue Mission, call 562-591-1292 or visit https://lbrm.org/.
By Alysia Burke