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Gulf Coast Rescue Mission scales back Thanksgiving after fire

Biloxi firefighters work at Gulf Coast Rescue Mission on Sept. 10 after a fire burned the mission’s main building. Its annual Thanksgiving meal will be scaled back because of the fire.
Biloxi firefighters work at Gulf Coast Rescue Mission on Sept. 10 after a fire burned the mission’s main building. Its annual Thanksgiving meal will be scaled back because of the fire. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com File

The fire that destroyed the main building at Gulf Coast Rescue Mission in early September will have an impact on its Thanksgiving tradition this year.

The organization at 2750 Mission Lane won’t be able to serve its community Thanksgiving dinner to the degree it has in the past.

“We’re willing, but we just don’t have the facility right now to take care of the community like we’ve done in the past,” said Tammy Mims, who is co-director with her husband, Tom. On past Thanksgivings, she said, the mission has served 500 to 700 meals. “We’ve had to really scale back.”

She said fewer meals will be served on Thanksgiving.

The mission’s main building, which housed the kitchen, store office and men’s dorm, was declared a loss following the Sept. 10 fire. There were 16 people in the building at the time but no one was injured, and the staff was able to place the men in other buildings on the mission’s campus.

“We plan to be back next year, bigger and better,” Mims said.

The mission is accepting donations of canned food as well as money for rebuilding, she said. For details, call 228-388-3884 or 228-388-6364.

Gulf Coast Rescue Mission has been operating as a homeless shelter since 1965, Mims said.

Tammy Smith: 228-896-2130, @Simmiefran1

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