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Rescue Mission overcomes Sandy, prepares for holidays

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After Hurricane Sandy, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission is attempting to rebound from the storm while preparing for the normal increase of guests during the winter and holiday season.

Pastor Bill Warner says rescue mission employees are working tirelessly to meet the increased demand.

"It is a lot of extra stress because of the amount of people we have now and now the extra amount of people," said Warner.

Officials say 900 meals are served a day to over 250 people living in the mission.

The falling temperatures will also bring more people into the mission.

When temperatures reach 32 degrees, the City uses the mission to house people still out on the streets.

For workers at the mission, the timing of the hurricane has strained the resources at the mission; resulting in a greater need for donated supplies.

"It depletes the food, the clothing, the necessities and so we will constantly need that. Of course the hurricane couldn't have picked a better time to come just prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas which is usually our largest time of need," said Warner.

Warner says the generosity of local and out of state donors has given him confidence in the missions ability to serve those in need.

For residents of the mission, officials say they look forward to the holidays and are grateful for the hard work of many people.

"I think they are anticipating the holidays just as anyone else," said Warner. "If you're a little child and you're homeless and you're here, this is a wonderful place to be on Christmas because so many wonderful people come and they take care of them, so that's what its all about."

Despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Warner says the rescue mission is still planning to serve and coordinate meals for the needy on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


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