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Family at Village of Hope Celebrates the Holiday with a Thanksgiving Feast

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Orange County Rescue Mission, in its continuing efforts to aid in providing Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of homeless men, women and children, recently hosted its 55th annual Thanksgiving feast for its residents at Village of Hope.

Each year, the Rescue Mission reaches out to the local community and asks for help in providing specific food items for Thanksgiving. The donated items are not only for the homeless men, women and children who currently reside at Village of Hope but are also used for food boxes for families in need throughout Orange County.

This post is the first in a two-part series following two families as they get to truly experience the holidays together at Village of Hope.

Chuck moved to Village of Hope with his son and two daughters to get the assistance they needed to overcome many challenges that led to their homelessness. Before coming to Orange County Rescue Mission, Chuck recalls how he and his family barely had enough food to eat, and just last week, they were able to celebrate Thanksgiving all together, where there was plenty of food to feast on.

“It finally felt like we had a safe place to call home when we arrived at Orange County Rescue Mission,” says Chuck. “And now we can celebrate the holidays together without having to worry where our meal was going to come from.”

Chuck adds that he also volunteers in the kitchen at the Rescue Mission and took part in serving Thanksgiving meals to the other men, women and children who live at Village of Hope.

Chuck and his kids were overjoyed to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal. They still remember what it was like to have Thanksgiving dinner living at a motel and eating food from a convenience store.

As the pandemic continues into its eighth month, we are all in need of a bit more holiday cheer and with the holidays just on the horizon, families like Chuck’s are getting into the holiday spirit as the days go on.

Chuck’s children are definitely showing more and more excitement as the holidays approach. Like the other homeless children at Orange County Rescue Mission, Chuck’s children are really looking forward to Christmas, as well.
The Rescue Mission continues to be blown away by the amount of support and donations that the local community provides. As food donations have fallen by 75 percent, these Thanksgiving items are important now more than ever before.

Anyone wishing to donate food items may drop off donations at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. Donations can also be ordered online and delivered to Village of Hope. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

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