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Charlotte Rescue Mission, Mercy Chefs, Trail Life USA, Youth For Christ

Charlotte Rescue Mission in Charlotte, North Carolina, is preparing to deliver more than 5,000 Thanksgiving food boxes to local families in need this week. On Thursday, the nonprofit—which leads Christ-centered addiction recovery programs for men and women—will also host its annual Thanksgiving meal for the homeless, where attendees are served restaurant-style, complete with hot meals and a movie.

Mercy Chefs kicked off its holiday outreach this past weekend serving Thanksgiving meals to families hit by Hurricane Ida throughout Southeast Louisiana. The nonprofit plans to distribute thousands of meals along with gift cards that families facing hardship due to the storm can use to buy Christmas presents for their children. Mercy Chefs prepares chef-inspired meals for victims of natural disasters.

Trail Life USA has partnered with Samaritan’s Purse for its annual Operation Christmas Child project. Troops affiliated with the Christ-centered, scout-type organization gathered across the country to assemble shoeboxes that contain toys, clothing, hygiene products, and the Gospel story to be delivered to children in need around the world. Trail Life boasts more than 35,000 members in over 880 troops nationwide. Since its launch in 1993, Operation Christmas Child has handed out more than 168 million shoeboxes in more than 100 countries.

Youth For Christ Siouxland is building relationships with youth in their community by meeting practical needs through their Clothes Closet initiative, which provides free clothes, coats, shoes, hygiene products, and more to youth in need. “By providing a means to cover [youth’s] basic needs, such as clothing, hygiene products and other necessities, we show young people that we care about them and their wellbeing. This can open the door to deeper relationships, both with us as mentors and with Christ,” says YFC CEO Jacob Bland.

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Christina Darnell

Christina Darnell is a freelance writer who has contributed to WORLD, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications.

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