Donors Deliver Holiday Joy

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(ALLENTOWN, PA) – The Allentown Rescue Mission thanks everyone who had a hand in making Christmas special for the homeless men it shelters. The men received donations of wrapping paper, backpacks, warm clothing and other gifts. These donations were a great blessing to the men; it gave them a sense of normalcy during this challenging time in their lives and amid the pandemic.

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the Allentown Rescue Mission tailored Christmas to each of its three programs. Shelter-wide interaction was not permitted, and the men were not allowed to leave the premises to visit family. Instead the men, in their individual programs, enjoyed a quiet and peaceful Christmas, like so many others this year.

The tranquility of the holiday granted the men time to appreciate each other’s company and to look ahead to 2021 with a renewed sense of purpose and direction. “Despite COVID, everyone still enjoyed the holidays. There was good camaraderie. We were excited to put on our new clothing and spend time together, including watching the New Year’s Eve celebrations on TV”, said Justin, the men’s representative for the Transformation Program.

The men expressed joyfulness and thankfulness for the Allentown Rescue Mission and its donors. Thank you again to our supporters for remembering their neighbors in need during the holiday season. The love that is generated from your donations is priceless.

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