Donations Needed For Longview Rescue Mission

Many East Texans will soon be making plans for a big meal with their families, for many it's a time of need, a struggle just to have something to eat.  That's where the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview comes in. Around 2400 East Texans are depending on the organization for that meal.

Minnesotan Harold Speed knows only too well what it's like to have no one, and nothing to eat. "They'd be out there awful lonely and awful cold," says Speed.

Thousands are fed through the work of the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission every year.  This year, the pantry is running low.

"This year, we decided to serve about 2500 meals and that may not even totally suffice... as you can see our pantry it has depleted... we're short on turkeys short on hams, dressing cranberry sauce" says mission executive director Tony Chung.

Speed now works as a volunteer helping those that he identifies with, and hoping that people will help by donating turkeys and hams and essentials for thanksgiving.

"Well if I wasn't here, I'd be out on the street like most other people with no place to go and don't have anything to eat," says Speed. Speed knows that need could happen to anyone. He hopes that human kindness will prevail this holiday season.

The mission got some needed help earlier today with a $1000 donation from the Longview Metro church. The money was raised from a biker bash held two weeks earlier to benefit Hope Haven and the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. If you want to help, you can make food and monetary donations at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission office on Marshall avenue in Longview.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.