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Allentown Rescue Mission needs volunteers, donations all year round

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Whether in a deep freeze or a heat wave, Allentown Rescue Mission CEO Jim Byrnes says the nearly 120-year-old non profit's 66-bed emergency shelter is full year round.

"We are more than three hots and a cot. It's way more than 53,000 meals and a 37,000 bed count as they call it," Byrnes said.

The Mission's mission is simple: rescue, rehab and restore homeless men in crisis through faith centered programs.

"We can't exist without our volunteers," Brynes said.

Jason Clinton volunteers at the rescue mission 15 hours per week.

"Call myself a fireman. I do whatever I can to put out the fire while I'm here, is what I try to do," Clinton said.

Helping out online, sorting and serving food, driving in supplies and coordinating events are just a few ways volunteers can carry on the mission.

"I love doing it.  One of the guys who came through the program came back to just say hi to me and that says a lot," Clinton said.

Volunteers are needed year round. But if you can't volunteer, donations of coats, hats, clothes and boots are always needed this time of year.

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