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PHOTOS: Volunteers pack Thanksgiving meal boxes at Rescue Mission

Volunteers pack bags with items for a Thanksgiving dinner at the Wyoming Rescue Mission on Monday morning. The mission is handing out 150 meals to residents of area neighborhoods who might be in need of a meal for the holiday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – A handful of volunteers helped pack bags of Thanksgiving meal items as the Wyoming Rescue Mission prepares to give meal boxes to the community.

“We will be sending the boxes out a week from today, on the 23rd, when people are home from work and school,” said Jenny Stedillie, marketing and events manager at the Wyoming Rescue Mission.

The meal box gift drive is organized by the members of the mission’s Discipleship Recovery Program, who will hand-deliver 150 complete meals, including a frozen turkeys, to residents of the mission’s surrounding neighborhood.

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“This is something they do to give back, because they’re receiving a lot of blessings from the mission and the community,” she said. “They’ll be going around areas of town that could use some help, knocking on doors with a turkey in one hand and a bag in the other saying, ‘could you use a Thanksgiving meal?'”

The mission put out a call for 300 frozen turkey donations, and have so far received more than 200. The remainder of the turkeys not given out will be used to feed homeless guests at the mission.

With the economic downturn, the mission sees a greater need this year than before.

“We have been so blessed by all of this food, the majority of which has been donated,” said Stedillie. “We were also given financial donations to help purchase what we need.”

“The community has really stepped up and provided, and we’re so grateful.”

The mission is still accepting donations of frozen turkeys, as well as any financial assistance.