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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:04 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — With Thanksgiving just a week away, Fairbanks Rescue Mission is in need of holiday food fixings to celebrate the day and open its doors to the community for a festive dinner from 1 to 4 p.m.

Rescue Mission executive director Rodney Gaskins said only a few hams have been received to feed the large crowd that usually turns out.

Everything from turkeys to containers of Cool Whip are needed to fill the plates of mission residents and community members. Last year, about 300 people enjoyed the holiday meal.

The mission’s Thanksgiving grocery list includes turkeys, hams, onions, cans of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, fresh and instant potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls, butter, desserts, pies and Cool Whip.

“We always need coffee and tea,” he said, then adding “and breakfast foods, sausage, bacon, eggs, syrup and pancake mix.”

Since the kitchen is in use daily serving up to three meals to the current 190 mission residents, Thanksgiving prep work will begin late Wednesday.

Volunteers also are needed to help cook, serve and clean up, Gaskins said. People can sign up for a shift by calling the Rescue Mission at 452-5343.

The soup kitchen, which feeds the hungry every weekend at Murphy Hall in the lower level of Immaculate Conception Church, put out a recent appeal for Thanksgiving Day food and had a good response, director Cindy Fields said

Contact staff writer Mary Beth Smetzer at 459-7546.

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