Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

TURNOUT FOR TURKEY.(Metro & New Mexico)

For more than four decades, the Albuquerque Rescue Mission has been feeding the down and out homeless men, women and children who live on the city's streets. On Monday, a cold, wet Christmas, they took their seats at the 24,000-square-foot Restoration Center, which opened last year at 525 Second St. SW.

"On Christmas, we see more families with children," said the Rev. Mark Fairchild, the center's executive director for 11 years.

According to Fairchild's assistant, Dick Austin, approximately 545 meals were served, turkey dinners with all the trimmings, prepared by four cooks in the center's modern kitchen. "Somebody even made peach cobbler with ice cream," Austin said. …

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