The Rome Rescue Mission is asking the community for help with providing Christmas meals and gifts to those less fortunate.Last year, the Rome Rescue Mission fed more than 350 people at its Christmas Celebration meal, distributed more than 250 meals to the poor and homeless and gave over 800 children gifts. With your donation, thousands of people enjoy a full Christmas meal.

Matt Miller, Executive Director of the Rome Rescue Mission, says “It’s not just the homeless who will join us for Christmas dinner. We’ll see people who are just struggling to get by. There will always be people in our community who are hungry. Our doors are open to anyone who would like to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal.”

The Mission is asking for hams, potatoes, yams, mayo, pasta, sauce, dinner rolls, butter, bacon, eggs, juice, fresh fruit, and bagels, items for tossed salads, dressing, chips, dips, cheese and crackers for the annual Christmas meal.


The Mission is also in need of gifts for children up to Age 13. The most requested presents for girls are educational toys, books, children’s DVD’s, Barbie’s and clothes, dolls, sleeping bags, arts & crafts, nail polish, McDonald’s gift cards, pajamas, slippers, bath & body products, candles, perfume, socks/tights, underwear, and hair brushes. For boys, the most requested items are educational toys, cars, trucks, DVD’s, science games, watches, boxers, socks, tools, remote control vehicles, hoodies, McDonald gift cards, video games, pajamas, T-shirts.

Monetary donations are accepted, checks can be mailed to PO box 337, Rome NY 13440 or online at Donations are accepted Monday – Friday at 413 East Dominick Street from 9 AM – 6 PM & Saturday-Sunday 9a-2pm.

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