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Volunteers begin preparing for Easter dinner at Capital City Rescue Mission

ALBANY -- Work is well underway to prepare for the Capital City Rescue Mission's annual Easter dinner.

"The economy hurt a lot more people than we think. So of us were very fortunate and I was one of them," says volunteer Chris Jones.

Jones has been volunteering at the Capital City Rescue Mission for 16 years. He's one of many volunteers preparing Easter Dinner Thursday. This year marks 32 years of helping the Capital Regions most vulnerable citizens on the holiday, and over the next few days, they'll be chopping and cooking to make Easter more special than ever. 

"I think it's really important to have a place where people can come in the community if they don't have the resources to have their own festive dinner or people that are homeless and are staying here and to just have a sense of community here," says Director of Development, Susan Jones. 

Between Thursday and Friday. volunteers will be preparing 1,500 meals for Easter Sunday. They say this year the need is greater than ever. One reason why: the harsh winter.

"This winter was so cold and so many people needed shelter, and the prices just for utilities have gone up just in the community. So a lot of people come here because they are in need," Susan tells us. 

Capital City Rescue Mission was one of the shelters put in place during this year's Code Blue. We're told because of the extreme cold, their utility bill was $50,000 more this year. We're also told that the majority of the food is paid for through donations, something they need more of.

"Our utilities have sky-rocketed. So we appreciate and we do need donations," says Susan. 

"I think a lot of people are hurting right now. We see people in line come in for lunches and dinners and they're different people that you see sometimes you get a family here," says Chris Jones.

Over 200 people rely on the Rescue Mission for shelter every night. If you would like to help or donate visit: https://capitalcityrescuemission.com/