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Union Gospel Mission expands thanks to gracious residents

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 PASCO, Wash. --  Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission  served free dinner to families in need on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, but today they were grateful for all the donations they've received from the people around town.  They also gave away 225 food baskets to families to have Christmas dinner at home.

"We live by the donations by the people of the Tri-Cities, and we're so grateful for you folks.  You have done us so well this year and the people that we serve. we just want to say Merry Christmas, thank you and God Bless you," said the teary eye Executive Director of the shelter, Donald Porter.

Porter says their shelter has been at capacity for months now, not just during the cold weather but they are able to expand because of donations.

"About 55% of our donations are collected during these three months, October through December, and the people have been generous this year," says Porter.

Porter says the Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission is in the preliminary stages of their capital campaign to expand their full shelters. He says they are already in negotiations for a warehouse in Pasco for a men's facility and are hoping to open a new woman's shelter in either Kennewick or Richland.

Porter says they hope to raise enough money to complete the project within three years.