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Warren Mission begins new holiday brunch tradition

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WARREN, Ohio - Many fill up their plates at the Warren Family Mission for the organization's first Christmas Day brunch.

A growing number of people and families are depending on the mission for food and shelter. Close to 3,000 people enjoyed Christmas Eve meals via delivery or in person at the Mission Monday night. 

"We notice a lot of families that are coming, because we serve a lot of low-income working families, where they just can't do anything special for their family outside of their regular budget," Michelle Beauchene says, public relations director with the Mission.

Beauchene estimates the number of people who lined up for food this week is up by about 10 percent from years past. She says the Christmas morning festive feast was prepared for those who would otherwise spend the day alone.

The Mission serves three meals a day, seven days a week at its Elm Road and Youngstown Road locations. Beauchene says the organization hands out close to 1,000 supplemental bags of food each month. 

Donated toys and gifts were given to children who came with their families to the brunch Wednesday. A number of last minute toy donations the week before Christmas, allowed the Mission to spread Christmas cheer throughout the city with deliveries to a nearby daycare and the Community Church of God and Christ.
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