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Rescue Mission seeks help from community for the holidays


November and December are the busiest months at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission and they need the community’s help with this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas campaigns.

“During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you may be looking for an opportunity to make an impact and the Mission gives you the means to do just that. You can be a bright light for a homeless man, woman or child this holiday season,” says Sarah Ardis, director of development and community relations.

Each Thanksgiving, the Mission opens its doors to all homeless men, women and children in the Shreveport-Bossier area who are in need of a hot meal.

In addition to feeding our homeless neighbors, the Mission is able to expand our reach by partnering with Community Renewal and local young adults ministry 318live to prepare Thanksgiving to-go meals to be delivered in our community.

Last year, the Mission prepared over 1,200 meals Thanksgiving Day alone.

For this year’s Thanksgiving meal, the Mission is in need of Turkeys, Canned Green Beans, Cream of Mushroom soup, Fried Onions, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Small Marshmallows, Brown Sugar, Rolls, and Assorted Desserts. Items can be dropped off at 901 McNeil Street. Donations need to be delivered to the Mission no later than Monday, Nov. 21.

Volunteers will also be needed on Thanksgiving Day to help deliver prepared Thanksgiving to-go meals. If you would like to deliver a meal, contact Sonnie Nash at 227-2868 ext. 104 or snash@sbrescuemission.com

In addition to the Thanksgiving meal campaign, the Mission is busy preparing for Christmas with the annual Project Mission Tree. Christmas is very special time at the Mission and we need volunteers to help fulfill Christmas wishes for men, women, and children in our Life Recovery Program.

Project Mission Tree allows guests to request up to three gifts they would like, each valued at $30 or under. Tags can be picked from the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission’s Christmas tree in the administrative lobby at 901 McNeil St., Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or they can be emailed directly to you.

Presents should be gift-wrapped and returned to the Mission by Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m., with the tag secured to it.
For more information or to secure your tag, contact Sonnie Nash at 318.227.2868 ext. 104 or snash@sbrescuemission.com

Gifts will be distributed to guests at the annual Mission Tree Party sponsored by El Dorado Resort and Casino.

“During these campaigns, our community is giving more than a Thanksgiving meal or a Christmas gift,” says Pastor Larry Otwell, executive director. “They are letting our guests know that they are not forgotten. They are letting them know that they matter. They are giving them hope to continue the journey to a new beginning through our Life Recovery Program. This is what Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Mission is all about…giving the gift of hope.”

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.



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