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Montana Rescue Mission Needs Volunteers, Day Backpacks

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BILLINGS, Mont. - The Montana Rescue Mission is in need of day backpacks for the people that utilize their programs and facilities, according to program director Glenn Fournier.

They also have an immediate need for "stamped envelopes, socks, laundry detergent, men's t-shirts large - 4X, socks, gently used or new towels and washcloths," according to their website.

Rev. Fournier says the majority of the people they serve carry all their belongings in a backpack -- so they can never have too many to give away.

The MRM announced its 2014 statistics on Monday. They served meals to over 3,400 unique individuals, and sheltered 2,300 unique individuals last year. On average, the MRM houses 91 individuals each night, and volunteer hours save $16,000 per month.

Rev. Fournier says the money saved allows more dollars to go directly toward impacting people's lives.

Fournier says the rescue mission provided more than 2,500 articles of clothing -- and household items -- to people in need last year. He says they have ongoing projects right now, so they're in need of general labor volunteers, and also need volunteers for day-to-day operations.

"We're always looking for volunteers," he said. "So if a person wants to take and plug into a valuable ministry that actually has a direct effect on people's lives -- this is a great place to do it."

To donate a backpack or any other items, you can bring your donation to either the men's shelter or women's shelter, or to any MRM bargain store. Just make sure you say you want the items to go to a shelter when you drop them off at a bargain center.

For more information on volunteering, click here, or call 259-3800.