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Rescue mission offers food, gifts to low-income families

OKLAHOMA CITY – One in four children in Oklahoma doesn’t know where their next meal will come from. An organization in Oklahoma City is making sure hundreds of nearly homeless; those with low-income, families will have a warm meal on their tables come Christmas Day.

“They actually get to come in and get a basket and can go around choosing the items that they want,” Tom Jones, CEO of City Rescue Mission said.

Registered families have their choice of eight items from turkey and ham to fresh produce and bread right inside the food resource center, a volunteer based grocery store that started a little more than a year ago and served 18 thousand near homeless last year.

“Sometimes you have working families that just face challenges like maybe their transmission went out on the car and they didn’t know what they were going to do. If they didn’t get it fixed they were going to lose their job. If they lose their job, they’re going to lose their home,” Jones said.

And those families are in for a big surprise this year. Each family registered is getting a gift donated by caring Oklahomans like 10-year-old Kaylee Wilburn whose class made 24 scarves for City Rescue Mission.

“It makes you feel warm on the inside. Like it makes you feel like. It feels like you’re keeping yourself warm while you’re keeping others warm too.”

“I didn’t have the money this year and this is such a blessing you know for someone to do this so I just appreciate it so much,” Diane Crawford, low-income Oklahoman said.

For more information visit http://cityrescue.org/.