Christmas, more than any other time, is for the gathering of families to celebrate the joy that the season brings. For many at the Rome Rescue Mission, there is no home, no family, and no joy. Children cannot experience the joy of Santa because no one can afford a gift for them and to many, Christmas day brings only more loneliness and misery. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way, with your generous donation of twelve dollars you can provide Christmas for a child at the Rome Rescue Mission. A traditional Christmas meal, a visit from Santa, a toy, and celebrating the birth of baby Jesus can all be made possible with a donation of just twelve dollars.

The Mission is in need of Hams, potatoes, yams, mayo, pasta, sauce, dinner rolls, butter, bacon, eggs, juice, fresh fruit, bagels, items for tossed salads, dressing, chips, dips, cheese, and crackers for our annual Christmas meal. Monetary donations are also accepted, checks can be mailed to PO box 337, Rome NY 13440. Donations are being accepted Monday – Friday at 413 East Dominick Street from 9AM – 6PM and Saturday-Sunday 9am-2pm.

Last year, the Rome Rescue Mission fed more than 350 people at its Christmas Celebration meal and distributed more than 250 meals to the poor and homeless through the community. With your donation, thousands of people enjoy a full Christmas meal.  “We know there are many who are in need today,” said Matt Miller, Executive Director of the Rome Rescue Mission “It’s not just the homeless who will join us for Christmas dinner. We’ll see people who are just struggling to get by. There will always be people in our community who are hungry. Our doors are open to anyone who would like to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal.”

The Mission is also in need of presents for children up to Age 13. The most requested presents for girls are Educational Toys, Books, Children’s DVD’s, Barbie’s and clothes, Dolls, Sleeping Bags, Arts & Crafts, Nail Polish, McDonald’s Gift Cards, Pajamas, Slippers, Bath & Body Products, Candles, Perfume, Socks/Tights, Underwear, Hair Brushes. For boys, the most requested items are Educational Toys, Cars, Trucks, DVD’s, Science Games, Watches, Boxers, Socks, Tools, Remote control vehicles, Hoodies, McDonald Gift Cards, Video Games, Pajamas, T-shirts.  Last year, over 3,000 children received gifts through the generous donations of those in our community. “For those struggling to make ends meet, the idea of buying gifts for children can be overwhelming. We count it a privilege to help families in need experience some of the love and joy the season is meant to bring.” says Miller. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of the community.”

The Rome Rescue Mission will be hosting their Christmas Party on Monday, December 16th from 4:30 to 6:30. We will have music, food and a visit from Santa Clause.

We are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 9 to 4. Christmas day we will serve breakfast from 9:30 to 10:30 followed by prayer service at 1:30 and dinner at 2. Meal Delivery is available for those unable to make it on Christmas Day. Please call the mission to sign up.

The public is welcome to all events. For more information, contact the Mission at 315-337-2516.