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Faith Mission Outreach holds second-annual holiday banquet

By Staff
Shawn Reathford FCT Staff Writer
As people began to file into Faith Mission Outreach in downtown Russellville Tuesday night, the warmth of love filled the air.
People from all walks of life-from pastors, doctors and lawyers to those who didn't even have a place to lay their head that night-joined to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and its true meaning.
The best thing about the event, according to FMO Director Matthew Mangino, was seeing denominational and cultural boundaries being broken down.
Tuesday night's second annual Christmas banquet brought in a large crowd of approximately 400 people, made up of both guests and volunteers.
Each child up to 17 years of age was given a gift that had been donated from someone in the community.
Dove trees had been placed throughout the community for several weeks at local banks and businesses, bringing in gifts to be given out at the banquet.
The fully-furnished traditional Christmas dinner provided a warm, home-cooked meal for those in search of a hot meal or just a warm place to stay.
Faith Mission Outreach conducts an outreach service each Sunday morning beginning at 10:45 a.m. with a meal following the service.
For more information about Faith Mission Outreach, contact Mangino (256) 331-GIVE.

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