Central Christian donates beef

The men's ministry of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) donated 300 pounds of beef Thursday to the Valley Rescue Mission, after church member Gen. (Ret.) Harry Walker donated a steer for the cause. The Real Men's Fellowship paid to have the animal processed, which yielded hamburger, ribs and stew beef.

The Valley Rescue Mission, on Second Avenue, is a Christian ministry and shelter for men undergoing drug and alcohol rehab. The mission serves three meals a day.

"This is a blessing," director Rhonda Mobley said Thursday as the men unloaded coolers of the frozen meat.

Meals are served at the mission three times daily, with an average occupancy of 80.

Allen Paul, the kitchen manager at the VRM, said it'd take about a month to go through all the beef.

Mobley said the mission has received deer and hog meat before but never meat from a steer.

Pictured from left are: The Rev. Tom Stephenson of Central Christian; Jim McLendon, a Central Christian and men's ministry member; Richard Haralson, a resident at the VRM; kitchen manager Allen Paul; and resident John Mayeske.