ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The Allentown Rescue Mission will be getting a boost this holiday season thanks to a Lehigh County theater group.

Over the past two weekends, the Players of the Stage performed "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at the Living Hope Presbyterian Church in Lower Macungie Township.

Tickets were free but cash donations were accepted to benefit the Rescue Mission.

The group hoped to raise $15,000 but they ended up exceeding that by about $1,500.

In the past five years the Players of the Stage have raised more then $50,000 for local charities.