Chattanooga Rescue Mission Provides Thanksgiving Meal


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Rescue Mission provided a Thanksgiving meal for the community.

This is the 44th year they have held the event.

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Organizers say the dinner was for everyone, including those in need.

They had all the traditional Thanksgiving food including turkey and pumpkin pie.

Volunteers helped make this possible.

According to organizers, they wouldn’t be able to do this without the help from volunteers and their partners.

The chaplain says this is a great opportunity to give back and spread joy.

“As we give, what we receive is much more. We receive so much more than we give. It is such a blessing and encouragement to have the blessed opportunity to serve in this way,” said Donald Baer, Chattanooga Rescue Mission chaplain.

The Chattanooga Rescue Mission also provided people with toiletries, water and snacks.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’