LONG BEACH – The Long Beach Rescue Mission kicked off the holiday season by hosting its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 24. The dinner, held for the less fortunate members of the Long Beach area, was held the day before Thanksgiving in order to provide an additional dinner option to those in need.
Thanks to donations from the community, the Rescue Mission was able to feed all who attended the annual dinner; including all current residents of the Mission’s Samaritan and Lydia Houses. Funds and food donations were raised through the annual Thanksgiving Campaign in addition to year-round gifts and contributions for Long Beach residents.
With the success of the Thanksgiving Campaign and dinner, the Rescue Mission is hopeful the rest of its holiday event schedule, including the upcoming #GivingTuesday, Toy Drive, and Christmas Dinner, will turn out successful. Involvement from the community will be key during the holiday season. Volunteers and donations are needed.
The next event on the calendar, #GivingTuesday, will be held on Nov. 30 and all donations will go towards the blessings of food, safe shelter, and more for those in care at the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Donations are currently being accepted online and can be as little as $2.20 to provide a hot meal to someone in need.
The Mission’s annual Toy Drive is currently underway and serves to provide Christmas toys to children in the community. Toys will be given to children staying at the Mission as well as to struggling families who can not afford any kind of holiday celebration. The Mission seeks new, unwrapped toys for a child, ages newborn to 12 years old.
Toy donations can be dropped off at the Mission before Dec. 18. Volunteers for the toy giveaway are also needed to share firsthand this heart-warming experience. Interested individuals can visit https://lbrm.org/ways-to-help/volunteer/ for more information.
The last event of the season will be the Mission’s annual Christmas Dinner. Similar to the Thanksgiving Campaign, both monetary and food donations are needed to prepare for the holiday feast. The Mission also seeks volunteer help. A date for the dinner has not yet been announced, but all are welcome to share in the feast and fellowship.
For more information on the Long Beach Rescue Mission, call 562-591-1292 or visit https://lbrm.org/.
By Alysia Burke