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Published December 25, 2009, 03:20 PM

Helping The Homeless On Christmas

More than 1-hundred homeless people in Grand Forks came together at the Grand Forks Rescue mission today for a Traditional Christmas Dinner. Many of them would otherwise be stuck out in the cold with no family if it weren't for the mission.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

More than 1-hundred homeless people in Grand Forks came together at the Grand Forks Rescue mission today for a Traditional Christmas Dinner. Many of them would otherwise be stuck out in the cold with no family if it weren't for the mission.

Like a well oiled machine more than a dozen volunteers spent the day at the Grand Forks rescue mission serving a traditional Christmas dinner to more than 100 homeless people. For them the mission itself is a gift.

Brother Paul: "I wouldn't be here I wouldn't be alive because that's how much this place means to me."

Connie Lauducer: "Its a place to stay, good food, good friends."

These 15 volunteers gave the best Christmas gift they could. Their time.They say the holidays are more about giving than receiving and that's why they're here helping those less fortunate.

Kelly Ask: "Fabulous when you give back to others you also give to yourself, and thats a good feeling."

People at the Mission enjoyed more than just good food today. Santa visited last night, bringing dozens of gifts to the residents. Things like socks, gloves, scarfs and blankets. People living at the mission say even though they may not be with their actual families today, the mission is like family.

Brother Paul:" "Coming here gives be a new inspiration of family they treat me like family here and this is what a rescue mission should do they fill the empty void."

People in the community donated all the food and gifts.

Since August the mission has consistently had more than 100 residents. The mission says the influx is a reflection of the tough economic times.

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