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Community invited to spend Christmas Day at Charlotte Rescue Mission

The Charlotte Rescue Mission will continue the annual holiday tradition of opening its doors to hundreds on Christmas Day for a holiday meal.

The community is invited to join the ministry for a holiday breakfast as well as a midday meal.

Executive Director the Rev. Tony Marciano says the doors are open to anyone who wants to celebrate Christmas in a family setting.

A hot breakfast from Bojangles’ and the Charlotte Rotary Club will begin at 6 a.m., and the traditional turkey dinner with sides and homemade desserts will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., he said.

The meal will be served by volunteers dressed as fine-dining wait staff, Marciano said, and served on fine china, with silverware and cloth napkins on tablecloth-draped tables.

“During these tough times, many of our Charlotte neighbors may not be able to enjoy a traditional holiday meal with all the trimmings,” he said.

Movies will be shown throughout the day in the Rescue Mission’s Chapel, and Cricket Communications will make cellphones available to guests who wish to make calls, Marciano said.

“We want to make coming to the Rescue Mission special, like coming home for Christmas.”

Details about the canned ham drive and Christmas Day events: