Charlotte Rescue Mission provides Christmas meal to those in need

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Many people in the Charlotte community are spending Christmas at the Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Volunteers made sure that people who could not be with family or friends had a safe place to go and a hot meal.

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The Charlotte Rescue Mission has been hosting Christmas for the past four years.

They want to make sure their guests are treated with respect and dignity. Volunteers sat individual guests and took breakfast orders from each table while dressed in white shirts and bow ties.

Everyone was served a hot breakfast, juice, and coffee.

Officials said typically about 200 to 300 people from across the area come for breakfast.

"On Christmas Day, we open our doors to everyone in the community who wants to celebrate Christmas in a real fine dining experience," Reverend Tony Marciano said.

"Thought of Christmas and being around people. I can't be around my family, so I come here," John Matthews said, who stays at the Men's Shelter.

The Charlotte Rescue Mission is hosting Christmas events through 2:30 p.m.

Cell phones are also available so people can call their family members.

They will also host lunch and movies will be available for guests to watch as well.

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