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Highway 80 Mission needs heroes of its own

It's the largest mission group that meets needs in Longview. But now, the organization is in dire need of help form generous East Texans. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has the story of the rescue mission that's hoping to be rescued themselves.

"We should come close to 170 thousand meals this year but we can't do it without food."

Tony Chung heads up the Highway 80 Mission. This year they've served more than 97,000 meals, and it's taking a toll on their shelves.

"We serve three meals a day averaging about 350 to 450 meals a day and without this...having food here, how can we keep doing that?" said Chung.

From pasta to corn, hamburger meat, turkeys and hams, Highway 80 is as low on these foods as they've ever been, and they're hoping to get some help to be a help.

"If we don't have it, then the people won't eat. A lot of them don't have jobs, steady jobs," said Chung. "We have been giving out bags of food to like single moms, single women in the community and yesterday we took a look at this and we asked the question, what can we give?"

Despite empty shelves, Tony says he has faith that with help from East Texans, the mission will continue their good works and make it through.

"I just have to believe that we got a great community here and for 5 5years every time we put out a plea for food they usually just step right up to the plate. So, we trusting that they'll do that this time."

If you'd like to give food or donations to Highway 80 Mission, you can contact them at (903) 759-9875.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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