Montana Rescue Mission makes plea for Christmas dinner donations
MRM employees prepare meals (MTN News)
Giving is on our minds during the holidays, but the need for donations exists year round.
So far, in 2015, the Montana Rescue Mission has provided nearly 80,000 meals to those in need.
The number of unique visitors is up to 1,900 people; 1,208 are men and 703 are women and children.
MRM Spokeswoman Denise Smith said she expects that number to surpass 2,000 with Christmas dinner.
But the amount of donations is down about 3 percent from a three-year average. That's an absence of about $50,000 dollars.
As MRM chefs prep for Friday, they could still use some hams and other protein for the big dinner.
“We’ll take whatever we can get,” said Smith. “If we don’t use it Friday, we will use if for future meals.”
The MRM provides three meals a day, every day of the year.
"The overwhelming support we get from the community is great,” said Smith. “The volunteers who want to help on Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter is great. But I just want to encourage people - we need volunteers every day of the year. We serve three meals a day everyday of the year."
Big Guy BBQ, a Billings food truck, donated several trays of food to the shelter on Friday.
An estimated 300 to 350 people will receive a Christmas dinner.
Some of those meals will be delivered to home-bound seniors.
Those who are interested in a home-delivered meal are asked to contact the MRM at 259-3800 by Wednesday evening.