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Rescue Mission to Serve Needy on Thanksgiving

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LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas has one of the highest homeless populations in the country. That's why volunteers at homeless shelters are working hard this holiday season to feed everyone in need.

Chefs at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission near D Street and Bonanza Road usually prepare meals this time of year for 1,200 to 1,500 people. This year, the rescue mission is preparing to feed 300 more people than usual.

Wednesday, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission will extend its hours to serve Thanksgiving dinner to nearly 1,800 people.

Rescue mission workers say they are seeing more than just individuals coming in, they're seeing families too.

"Rather than the stereotypical homeless man who is in need, we're seeing a lot more families, serving a lot more families," said John Fogel with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. "Obviously that time of year, it becomes even a higher priority to be able to help families in need."

You can help too. If you have canned goods, non-perishable items or money you wish to donate, bring those to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission at 480 W. Bonanza Road. For more information, contact the rescue mission at 382-1766 or visit their website.

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