For the York Rescue Mission, Christmas Eve will be a day of miracles and meals for families and individuals in need.

The mission will distribute children's gifts, hold a worship service and serve dinner on Tuesday.

The rescue mission's Children's Christmas Outreach program begins at 9 a.m. in Memorial Hall at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. in West Manchester Township.

Children must be with a parent or guardian to receive their gift-filled backpacks and sleeping bags and blankets. No registration is required.

The mission expects to give gifts to about 1,800 children up to age 17, according to Dianne Smeigh, the mission's spokeswoman.

Dinner: The mission will hold a Christmas Eve service at 3 p.m. at its chapel at 367 W. Market St. in York City. Dinner will be served afterward in the mission's dining hall.

The mission also is accepting financial donations that will be used for its Christmas Eve programs and to continue providing meals and shelters for people who are homeless and for families in need next year, Gorog said.

"For the guests in our shelters, a hot plate of food, a warm bed and changed lives are miracles," Gorog said. "We invite our caring partners to make miracles happen for those in need of life-essentials and life-changing guidance this holiday season and all through the year."

Miracles: The mission also runs a Spiritual Life Recovery Program for men overcoming addictions and a long-term transitional housing program to help women and children become independent, he said.

"For the men in our Spiritual Life Recovery Program, overcoming years of addiction is a miracle," Gorog said. "For women and children in our (housing program), the opportunity to become interdependent members of the community is a miracle, too."

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Mission Christmas Eve Programs

The York Rescue Mission will hold its annual Children's Christmas Outreach program at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Memorial Hall at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. in West Manchester Township.

No registration is required. Parents must have their children with them to receive gifts. The outreach is for children up to age 17.

The mission's Christmas Eve service and dinner is at 3 p.m. in the mission's chapel and dining hall at 367 W. Market St. in York City.

To donate to the York Rescue Mission, mail a check to P.O. Box 1968, York 17405. The check should be made out to the mission.

To donate online or to volunteer, visit the mission's website at

For information, call the mission at 845-7662.