ALBANY, N.Y. – The Capital City Rescue Mission once again opened its doors, holding its annual Christmas celebration. The mission said it would serve up 3,000 meals and distribute more than 3,000 toys.
It takes months to plan the event and it relies on the community's generousity. The Exexcutive Chef, Max Ansong said he collects money beginning in January. More than 800 lbs. of yams, ham and stuffing as well as 40 gallons of gravy are all needed.
Ansong said volunteers began cooking on Thursday and that dozens more agreed to help out to serve it up.
Vic Rogers is one of those dedicated volunteers. For the last ten years, Rogers said he and his wife have spent their Christmas Day here. He said he believed it was important to help out.
The mission also does meals to go, which many lined up for.
Across the street, many more had lined up for toys. Perry Jones, the Executive Director of the Mission and a pastor said they want to give every family the chance to enjoy Christmas without having to worry about money.
This is the 63rd year for the event. Organizers said it continues to grow each year and they hope that trend continues.