Rescue mission to serve meals

November 26, 1997

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - For the 38th year in a row, the Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission will be serving up turkey and all the trimmings for the needy and others this Thanksgiving Day.

"It's open to anybody that comes," the Rev. William Crowe said Wednesday. The mission and its volunteers will be serving up breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. and Thanksgiving dinner at 1 p.m. at its building at 602 W. King St.

Established in 1959, the mission began serving free holiday meals the following year, said Crowe, who runs the establishment.

"Throughout the day we should serve a couple of hundred meals," Crowe said.

Anyone wishing to dine at the mission can come in anytime during the day. Crowe said the kitchen will remain open until about 7 p.m.

Crowe said the number of needy who rely on the mission at Thanksgiving has remained fairly steady in recent years, but there has been no shortage of people and businesses volunteering food and time.


"Every year we have to turn some volunteers away," Crowe said.

Many of those, he added, are signed up to help with their Christmas meal.

- Don Aines

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