Roanoke Rescue Mission continues to be hopeful after announcing annual Drumstick DASH will be virtual

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The decision for the Roanoke Rescue Mission to go virtual for this year’s Drumstick DASH wasn’t easy.

“We started having some real hard discussions on what are we going to do are we going to go virtual and the only safe conclusion that we could come up to is that we had to make that switch,” said Drumstick DASH coordinator, Kevin Berry.

Change may be hard but it won’t stop the Rescue Missions’ plan to raise $300,000 to feed the homeless community.

“We’re confident that the Roanoke community rallies around the organizations that help others, and that’s what we do,” said Berry.

Last year the mission served over 200,000 meals. This year it is looking to help even more, despite a pandemic.

“That’s not just a meal, that’s a child being able to focus at school, that’s a parent not having to make a choice about food for a bill or a bill, and that’s the real importance of the Drumstick DASH,” Berry said.

The Rescue Mission continues to be a beacon of hope for many in need while being a pillar in the Roanoke community.

“The rescue Mission has been here for over 70 years,” said Berry. “We have been through multiple crises, wars, etc we have kept serving we will find a way.”

While it hopes to meet its goal amid the pandemic, its mission stays the same.

“What we know is that we will continue,” Berry said. “If we don’t meet a goal here or there, which we’re confident that we will meet, but if we don’t, we’ll find a way.”

Check out these links if you want to learn more about the virtual 2020 Atlantic Union Bank Drumstick DASH, sign up for the DASH’s virtual walk or virtual runs, or donate to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.

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