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The Rescue Mission skips in-person Thanksgiving meal; instead to offer carryout dinner

ABC 5 Rescue Mission and St. Marys Thanksgiving

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the area, volunteers at The Rescue Mission are planning to offer carryout meals to those in need next week.

In the past, The Rescue Mission offered both a sit-down meal and carryout options for the community's homeless residents.

But due to safety concerns this year, staff will offer Thanksgiving "Blessings to Go" a day early.

"Indiana and Allen County have seen a recent jump in COVID-19 cases,” said Donovan Coley, CEO & Senior Pastor of The Rescue Mission. “It is more important than ever to stay safe, secure, and healthy during this national emergency."

Carryout meals are available to folks looking for a free warm meal on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There is a limit on 6 Thanksgiving meals per person.

The regular to-go meal service is still available to those in need on Thanksgiving Day and daily at 7 a.m., 12 p.m., and 5 p.m., for men, women, and children of all ages.

However, the special holiday meal will only be provided on Wednesday afternoon. Social distancing is practiced, and masks are required. 

Volunteers expect to serve more than 3,000 people this year.

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Kayla Crandall

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