Volunteers Pack Food For Needy Oklahomans, More Donations Needed

Monday, November 14th 2011, 12:02 pm
By: News 9

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and some Oklahomans may not have a meal. City Rescue Mission is collecting food for the needy through its Thanks-For-Giving Food Drive. However, the mission says it's not receiving enough donations to fulfill the need.

"Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessing in our own lives, as well as, reach out to others who are less fortunate. That is why we are asking our community to partner with us to provide food boxes to thousands of near-homeless people right here in our city," said Tom Jones, President and CEO of the Mission. "Fall is a time for us to continue to provide services to those that are in need. It's a time to be thankful for our loved ones and to pray for those who are less fortunate."

The Mission will be collecting food items for food boxes through Tuesday, November 22. On this Tuesday, many volunteers will gather to help distribute approximately 2,500 food boxes, filled with items for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, for the near homeless population in the Oklahoma City Metro area.

Anyone interested in helping with the Mission's Thanksgiving food drive, can purchase the following items and drop them off at the Mission or they can organize a good drive at their school, work place or church.

Items needed include: frozen turkeys/hams, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, canned green beans, canned corn, pumpkin pie filling, and readymade pie crust.

Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Rescue Mission, 800 W California Ave.