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Rescue Mission switches to "take out" Thanksgiving meals this year

Posted at 9:38 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 11:38:05-05

While the food for the Great Falls Rescue Mission's Thanksgiving meals are traditional this year, the distribution of the food will not be.

"We tried to come up with a way to do the dinner Tuesday night, but the more the COVID-19 escalated, the more we realized we should probably not do a dinner,” said Rescue Mission director Jim McCormick.

Instead, Tuesday will be used to hand out take-home Thanksgiving meals to the families who have registered for one.

"We're setting up our parking lot across the street so that people can drive into the parking lot, come around the corner and we'll have a trailer with all the food stuffs in there with their names on it,” said McCormick.

On Thanksgiving Day, instead of inviting the community in for a sit down meal, ready-to-eat meals will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis at the men's shelter.

The rescue mission is preparing for up to 600 people.

"We do ask anybody who's coming for the meal at 12:45 to social distance, six feet apart in the line, wear a mask and love your neighbor. Get along,” said McCormick.

For more information, call 406-761-2653, or click here to visit the website.

If you'd like to help, as of Thursday the agency still needs green beans, yams or potatoes, stuffing, and dinner rolls.