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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, October 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is accepting turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations in preparation for its annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 26 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Mission’s staff and a team of volunteers are planning to serve over 300 meals to community members in need. This festive celebration will be held in the Mission’s dining hall located at 535 East Yanonali Street.

The birds are prepared and cooked in advance. The Thanksgiving dinner will include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pie…and all the trimmings. Approximately 800 turkeys are needed for all of the meals that will be served throughout the holiday season.

Rolf Geyling, president of the Rescue Mission stated, “Every plate offered is an opportunity to share Christ’s love and grace, so to help meet the need, please contact the Mission about providing turkey for our annual Turkey Drive!”

Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Yanonali Street office.

About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
This 501(c)(3) organization has served the county and city of Santa Barbara for 49 years, providing emergency services and long-term recovery for the homeless and addicted. With 80 beds for men and 20 for women and children, it is the only emergency shelter that is open 365 nights of the year from Santa Maria to Ventura. In 2013, the Mission provided 144,871 meals and 63,953 safe nights of shelter for individuals with no place else to turn. The Mission’s 12-month residential recovery program aims to bring individuals from decades of addiction, institutionalization, and homelessness back to sobriety, health and wholeness. Certification through the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs ensures that participants receive the highest standard of treatment in a non-medical facility. The Mission receives no government funding.

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