Fairbanks Rescue Mission provides hope and cheer during the Holiday Season

A local non-profit organization is gearing up for one of their busiest times of year in terms of service.

The holiday season brings in many who seek help but also many who want to volunteer their time to help them.

The Fairbanks Rescue Mission is a place for people without a home to stay, but workers there say, that's not all they are. They are a sort of light at the end of the tunnel.

Michelle Harpole with the Rescue Mission says, "The Fairbanks rescue mission is a homeless shelter first of all but we don't want people to stay homeless. Over the last year we have served over 900 and we always want people to move from homelessness to independence."

She says that although you would think the residents of the shelter would be sad at this time of year, it’s actually the opposite, "I think the first year that I worked here I felt like, this is going to be sad. But we find that there is a real family atmosphere here, the staff feels like family, and the residents help each other like family and we end up having just a wonderful feeling."

Finally, volunteers there try to provide as much of a home atmosphere as possible.

If you would like to donate to the shelter they are looking for items to fill gift bags that include:  razors, toothbrushes, shaving cream, deodorant, moisturizers, hats, gloves, scarves, warm socks, shampoo & conditioner. Other needs include: diapers, blankets, Kleenex, bath towels, and feminine hygiene items.