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An Albany Easter tradition has a new meaning this year

April 21, 2019 11:19 PM

This is the 36th year the Capital City Rescue mission has served an Easter meal. Executive Director, Pastor Perry Jones says the number in need grows each year. 

"Today is a wonderful meal, cooked by our staff and provided for by the generosity of the Capital Region" said Pastor Perry Jones of the Rescue Mission.

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The Mission says they believe to have served close to 2,000 people Sunday.

"We have a lot of volunteers here come every year, they prep a lot of stuff for us, that's a blessing" said Kinimo Ngoran of the Rescue Mission.

In addition to getting the meals ready, volunteers help to serve food to people in need as part of the yearly event. Also, included in the festivities were a church service, Easter baskets and board games. 

"We're open all day for the homeless, the needy, the forgotten, all the lonely" said Jones.

Many of those serving this year say the day was even more special because they had the chance to work alongside the beloved Rescue Mission chef, Kinimo Ngoran.

"I'm very blessed to see all my brother and sisters volunteer here" said Ngoran.

In January the chef was detained by ICE during a routine immigration meeting. He came to the country illegally more than a decade ago and has been seeking asylum since. Ngoran was released in March and the Rescue Mission says they're relieved to have return.

"Kinimo plays a major role. So praise the Lord he's back." said Jones.

However, if you ask Kinimo Ngoran, he'll tell you, he's really the lucky one.

"Everyday is so special to be here together" said Ngoran.

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Brooke Selby

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