Generosity and Kindness Shine through the Pandemic

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(ALLENTOWN, PA) –For the past 19 years, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Allentown Rescue Mission partnered with Giant’s, Walmart’s, and other community partners to collect food and supplies for the homeless men it serves. The Allentown Rescue Mission relies on this event to restock its pantry for the following year. This year, the global pandemic changed the way the Thanks for Giving Food & Supplies Drive was run.

To protect its donors, volunteers, men, and staff, the Allentown Rescue Mission chose to host the drive on November 20th & 21st at their office building. Donors were able to use a contactless drop-off option to safely donate without getting out of their cars. Community partners also collected donations off-site and dropped them off at the Allentown Rescue Mission. The Thanks for Giving Food & Supplies Drive changed this year, but the kindness of the community did not.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Allentown Rescue Mission collected 49,772 pounds of food and supplies. These donations helped feed and restore men experiencing homelessness throughout the holidays and will continue to feed them this year. The Allentown Rescue Mission thanks the 60 business locations and 100’s donors that participated in the event.

Thanks to its donors, the Allentown Rescue Mission is able to provide shelter, meals, medical care, social services, workforce development classes, and other essential services to homeless men in the Greater Lehigh Valley. To learn more about the services the Allentown Rescue Mission provides, visit

The Allentown Rescue Mission, a 501c3, 123 bed non-profit homeless shelter has been providing shelter for homeless men since 1900. In addition to emergency shelter services (365 days a year), the Mission offers a residential life skills program, and transitional employment on the Clean Team that’s available for hire to the community. The Clean Team pays the men above PA state minimum – helping them save a nest egg to transition back into the community. The Mission provides shelter services for over 946 men per year, and serves over 42,000 meals a year to men in need.


To refer someone to the Mission for services or to learn ways you can help make a difference please visit

Information provided to TVL by:
Stefanie Appel
Community Relations
Allentown Rescue Mission