‘Housewarming gift’ will benefit community this holiday

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley received a donation Monday morning that will help make the holiday special for those in need.

The Rescue Mission received a housewarming gift — Mark Fusillo from Fusillo Catering donated $2,500. It’s equivalent to 1,000 meals for this Thanksgiving.

Fusillo said it’s his favorite holiday and he’s happy to help.

“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and being a chef, I feed people for a living and I always want people to have enough, especially on Thanksgiving. Nobody should be hungry in Youngstown,” he said.

It was the first check presentation for the Rescue Mission in their new building. Rescue Mission CEO John Muckridge says they are so grateful for donors like Fusillo.

“This is just a testament to the generosity of the folks in the Valley. Mark is a great example of that — just wants to serve those that are in need, giving of his hard-earned money,” Muckridge said.

The money Fusillo donated will provide meals for many on Thanksgiving. They will serve the classics from noon to 8 p.m. this Thursday.

The Rescue Mission believes their new facility will attract more people this coming holiday.

“We’re not quite sure what to expect with the new facility because we do serve meals to those in the public, not just people who are staying here,” Muckridge said.

Muckridge says that without the generosity of people in the Valley, they wouldn’t be able to serve the community the way that they do.

“We’re just thankful. I mean, we have a sign out front that says thank you. It’s not just for the building, but it’s for these folks like Mark who give consistently so that the ministry can still glory to Christ and serve the homeless population,” Muckridge said.

“The work that these people do here to get people back out there on their feet, give them the tools that they need is a wonderful thing. Anything I can do to make it easier a bit, then I’m more than willing to do that,” Fusillo said.

If you’re in need of a Thanksgiving meal, check out our “Where to get free Thanksgiving meals this year” list.

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