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Redding Mission Serves 1,200 Holiday Meals

Reported by : Charlene Cheng
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Updated: 12/20/2013 5:57 pm
The Good News Rescue Mission held a record-breaking Christmas banquet, serving more than 1,200 plates of food, way up from the 950 served last year.

This year, the Mission has more to celebrate than just the holidays.

"One of the cool things was seeing a lot of the people being able to transition out. We have a wall that we call our 'Hope Wall.' We post stars when people get jobs and a little cutouts of houses when they get permanent housing, and it's just full," Good News Rescue Mission Executive Director Cesar Partida said.

Nathan Nicholson came to the Mission in August after overdosing on meth.

With hard work and help from the Mission, Nicholson is one of 50 residents who was able to transition into permanent housing in 2013, but he attended the banquet to spend the holidays with people that he considers to be family.

"Since I had a near death experience, they kind of helped me out and I got my life back on track. I've been clean for 120 days now," Nicholson said.

Nearly 270 people volunteer their time at the banquet, and many are familiar faces.

One of the volunteers is Timothy Wilson, who is nearing the end of his 18-month program after battling a meth addiction for 18 years.

"I'd rather come down here then do the old things that I used to do. Like I said, the Mission saved my life and I wouldn't be where I am without what they've done for me. This is my way of giving back to them and every opportunity I have a chance, I do," Wilson said.

Over 400 families also home a complete turkey meal.

Nicholson is happy he won't be needing one this year.

"Now I got a place to live, so I figure there's people more needy than me," he said.

The Good News Rescue Mission is hoping to raise $100,000 before the end of the year to continue providing meals and funding programs.

Anyone interested in contributing can call (530) 242-5920.
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