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Montana Rescue Mission

Montana Rescue Mission staff and volunteers pray before they serve Christmas dinner on Dec. 25, 2012.

All that’s standing in the way of putting on another free and delicious Christmas Day dinner at the Montana Rescue Mission is the donation of a handful of hams.

“We could use a few more hams, but otherwise we’re all set,” said Denise M. Smith, public relations manager at the Christian-based emergency shelter at 2822 Minnesota Ave. “We are very good on volunteers.”

Friday’s Christmas Day celebration begins with a chapel service at 12:30 p.m. Volunteers clothed in Christmas garb will begin serving meals at 1 p.m. in the MRM men’s shelter. Seating will conclude at 3 p.m.

Smith said 150 people at a time can be seated. Organizers expect a crowd of about 300 people, with perhaps another 300 meals delivered to homebound residents of Billings.

The holiday menu includes ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy and assorted pies for dessert, Smith said. All the food — and the requisite labor to prepare and serve and clean up after — is donated.

Take-out meals will be prepared and delivered to shut-ins, those unable to travel to the Montana Rescue Mission and Meals on Wheels recipients.

Those who are already signed up to receive Meals on Wheels service will automatically receive a Christmas dinner, Smith said. Other homebound residents who would like a Christmas meal delivered to their home on Friday can call the Mission, 406-259-3800, before noon Thursday to arrange for delivery.

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