FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Volunteers and donations are needed as the weather starts to cool down and the holidays are approaching.
The holidays are almost here and volunteers at the Rescue Mission are de-boning turkeys in preparation of a Thanksgiving meal.
"We like to have to turkey ready the week of Thanksgiving so it's not a rush to prepare that right before what is our largest meal of the year," says the Rescue Mission's Natalie Trout.
The Rescue Mission is really excited to serve a nice meal.
"We don't have them stand in line to get their meal," says Trout. "It's really nice, the volunteers will wait on them and ask them what they want to drink and what they want for dessert. We really try to restore dignity to the people who come to us for a Thanksgiving meal."
It's also that time of year when more people are seeking shelter from the cold.
"We have more and more people coming in sleeping on cots," says Trout. "We will make room for everyone whether we have to put cots in the hallways or even the lobby. We'll do whatever it takes to get everyone in."
Trout says donations go a long way. The Rescue Mission has already gotten quite a few donations for women and children, but need more for men such as wallets, pocket calendars, rain ponchos, men's sweatpants and more.
"Simple things like gloves, nail clippers, flashlights and each man who is staying with us at Christmas time will receive a stocking full of those."
The Rescue Mission is still in need of volunteers to help with the Christmas meal.
- Rescue Mission prepping for Thanksgiving meal, holidays
- Rescue Mission ready for Thanksgiving meal
- Rescue Mission feeds over 3,000 for Thanksgiving
- Rescue Mission feeds the homeless for Christmas
- Rescue Mission serves 2,000 people for Easter
- More than $16,000 donated to Rescue Mission
- Rescue Mission receives grant from AEP Foundation
- "Meals for Healing" Update
- More people staying at Rescue Mission as temperatures drop
- The Rescue Mission hosts 'Longest Night' Memorial Walk