Christmas Dinner at the Rockford Rescue Mission

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- "And so many people that come to the mission aren't in the situation where they can actually be purchasing gifts for themselves or for their children," said Randa Noble.

The mission was able to help 400 guests. Everyone was treated to a hot meal, and the kids all got presents. There was plenty of need for an event like this; in the past five months the number of meals served at the mission is 19 percent ahead of last year.

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