Topeka Rescue Mission preparing for annual Christmas Shop

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Rescue Mission is preparing for one of their most popular traditions.

Volunteers are busy setting up for their annual gift shop, which opens Friday. The Christmas Shop allows families and individuals staying at the Rescue Mission to select their own gifts for friends and families.

This will be Executive Director Barry Feaker's 32nd Christmas at the Mission, and he says the community has helped it grow into something incredible.

"We had a little box of toys, because there was just a handful of kids, and no gifts for the adults, and it was just a little old cardboard box and there were about 15 to 20 people that were with us at Christmas time," he said. "Probably on Christmas morning, there will be 300 plus staying with us and we'll have 600, 700 people that will come in for that particular day for help."

Feaker said you can help this holiday season by donating money, gifts or your time.