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Charlotte Rescue Mission needs help giving Thanksgiving meals to needy

Westside residents line up in 2014 to receive their Thanksgiving boxes from the Charlotte Rescue Mission.
Westside residents line up in 2014 to receive their Thanksgiving boxes from the Charlotte Rescue Mission. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte Rescue Mission is seeking donors to help with its annual Thanksgiving Food Box Drive, which is among Charlotte’s more unusual holiday programs for needy families.

The drive, which runs through Nov. 18, gives low-income families all the fixings they need to cook a Thanksgiving meal at home. The actual frozen turkey is provided by the rescue mission.

“Packing these food boxes does more than allow another family in Charlotte to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal,” according to a statement from Tony Marciano of Charlotte Rescue Mission. “It creates an opportunity for a family to sit around their table to make memories that last a lifetime.”

Donors are asked to pack an entire Thanksgiving meal in a plastic tote with a lid (16  1/2 inches long, 13 inches wide, 12  1/4 inches high).

The food to be included: Green beans (38 ounce can); whole kernel corn (29 ounce can); cut sweet yams (40 ounce can); cranberry sauce (14 ounce can); Stove Top stuffing (6 ounce box); turkey or brown gravy mix package; Spice Cake Mix (1 box) and canned pumpkin, not pie filling (15 ounce can)

Donors are also asked to supply a baking pan for the cake (9 x 13 inch).

If you are interested in preparing a food box, please email Thanksgiving@CharlotteRescueMission.org with the number of boxes you and/or your group plan to bring. Food boxes can be dropped off at Charlotte Rescue Mission’s Rebound Campus (907 W. 1st Street) on Nov. 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Charlotte Rescue Mission is a nonprofit that provides a free 120-day Christian residential program for men and women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and are predominantly homeless.

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