The York Rescue Mission is working to share Christmas joy and some warmth for winter.

The mission, at 367 W. Market St. in York City, is in the 13th year of its blanket drive to benefit individuals and families in need.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, the mission and representatives from the York Housing Authority, area social agencies, churches and community groups will begin distributing the 6,000 gift-wrapped blankets donated during the drive, said Dianne Smeigh, the mission's spokeswoman.

Blanket compassion: Agencies and groups receiving blankets from the mission will set up their own distribution times and sites to get the covers to the people they serve.

"We hope recipients will be able to feel the compassion of those who care about them as they wrap themselves in their new blankets," the Rev. Paul Gorog, York Rescue Mission's executive director.

Some of the donated blankets will be distributed between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday to residents of Parkway Homes, Wellington Homes, and Codorus Homes in the city, Smeigh said.

Besides helping with the blankets, the volunteers will be at the mission from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to decorate the facility and to wrap and pack Christmas presents for residents of the mission's men's and women and children's shelters and for the mission's annual Christmas program later this month.

Volunteers will in the mission's chapel to help distribute blankets to people who stop in for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Blankets also will be given out during the lunch hour on Saturday, Dec. 14, Smeigh said.

Spreading blankets: The mission will continue distributing blankets through its men's and women's programs and at its economy stores in York, Dallastown and Dover Borough.

Smeigh also said children also will receive blankets during the York Rescue Mission's annual Christmas giveaway program to be held later this month.

The rescue mission will continue collecting blankets to give out as needed in 2014 and to get a head start on its blanket drive next fall, Smeigh said.

Smeigh said she hopes blanket recipients will know there is hope for them and that there are people in the York community who care about them, Smeigh said.

"But the people who are donating and working with (the recipients) should be thankful that they can help, and they should be able to give with a loving heart," she said.

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