Rescue Mission Hosts Free Christmas Meal

CHARLOTTE, NC — Volunteers with the Charlotte Rescue Mission spent Christmas Day feeding the homeless.

Servers dressed up in uniforms resembling fine dining wait staff. They also used nice tablecloths, cloth napkins and fine china silverware.

Dozens of volunteers decorated the Mission with Christmas lights. Guests feasted on a traditional turkey dinner with sides and homemade desserts.

Organizers say it’s all about spreading Christmas cheer, and that the holiday is not about just getting gifts, but sharing the gift of Christ.

“We want to make it a day of dignity and respect,” said Rev. Tony Marciano of the CRM. “We really want to make the love of God so real that they can touch it. And I’ve watched people walk out of here, with furrows on their brow walking in, and smiles on their face walking out.”

The Mission also served breakfast, provided free movies and access to free cell phones.

The Mission provides free Christian residential programs for people addicted to drugs and alcohol and are predominately homeless.