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.
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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.