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Hiway 80 Rescue Mission dinner draws bevy of volunteers

Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 7:08 am, Wed Dec 25, 2013.

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com

A singing Santa and a bevy of volunteers helped set the merry mood for a Christmas Eve dinner at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.

For many of the volunteers, helping out at the mission’s dinner is a family tradition every bit as important as decorating trees or making cookies.

"This is a way for us to slow down and really focus on the true meaning of the Christmas season,” said Amber Herrington, who helped serve the dinner, along with her husband, Michael, and their 11-year-old son, Christian.

Hiway 80 Rescue Mission served about 300 holiday meals on Tuesday, Executive Director Eric Burger said. While many of those dining were residents of either the main shelter or the Hiway 80 women’s and children’s shelter, the meal was open to anyone in the community who needed a group to share Christmas with.

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