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Tons of guests

Volunteers served hot food to guests during the 2016 Christmas meal at Montana Rescue Mission.

HANNAH POTES, Gazette Staff

As Montana Rescue Mission prepares to serve up to 600 meals on Christmas Day, the agency says it’s in “desperate need of additional hams and a lot more pies.”

Free Christmas dinner for poor and homeless residents will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 25 in MRM’s men’s shelter, 2822 Minnesota Ave. A chapel service begins at noon.

In addition to sit-down meals served in the community dining room, take-out Christmas meals will be prepared and delivered to shut-ins, people unable to travel to MRM and to Meals on Wheels recipients.

Billings residents who aren’t part of the Meals on Wheels program and are in need of a meal delivered to their residence are encouraged to call 406-259-3800 by 5 p.m. Friday.

“We have just about everything we need to provide this service to the community,” said Denise Smith, the agency’s public relations manager, “but we are worried that we won’t have enough ham and pie for everyone.”

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