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11/22/07-Longview

Longview Mission Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner

A show of compassion for those in need today in Longview, with the traditional serving of thanksgiving dinner at a rescue mission. For many at the Hi-way 80 rescue mission, today was the first hot meal they'd had in a week.

"We were scared, there were so many people here we didn't know what to expect and everybody was so nice to us outside. They made us feel comfortable. People that's never known us made us feel real good" said visitor Scott Bloomquist.

The Hi-way 80 rescue mission traditionally holds thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and less fortunate, and the family atmosphere is truly appreciated.

"They offer hope faith and dignity and they offer chapel at night I'm very thankful for that" said Sheldon Bruce.

Its just a plate turkey, green beans and mashed potatoes; but it means a lot more to the people that come. Its an act of compassion and hope for those who really need hope.

Over the past two days the mission has served nearly 4,000 meals, both in-house and delivered, through outreach programs for those who have fallen on hard times.

"It's an opportunity to provide some dignity for them and some hope. It's more emotional. This is a very hard time for a lot of the folks that come here" said mission director Tony Chung.

"Spiritually I'm a lot stronger now that I came here and when I leave here it gives me a little more hope" said Bloomquist.

The mission is also trying to collect around 3,000 toys to give out to nearly 500 area needy children this Christmas. Donations can be made at the Hi-way 80 rescue mission in Longview.

Bob Hallmark bhallmark@kltv.com

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