Published on Sunday, 21 December 2014 22:55 - Written by Victor Texcucano,

In the giving and caring spirit of the holiday season, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission Tyler Outreach Team partnered with Glenwood Church of Christ and West Erwin Church of Christ to feed about 120 people during their annual Family Christmas Party.

As well as being fed, children who were pre-registered received presents provided by Hiway 80, as well as one-on-one time with Santa Claus. Children who weren’t pre-registered received stuffed animals.

Jerry Frazier, minister at Glenwood Church of Christ, said the Christmas party is an addition to what goes on at the Benevolence Center at West Erwin Church of Christ.

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:33 pm | Updated: 4:43 pm, Wed Dec 10, 2014.

Residents at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview were treated Wednesday to free pizza prepared by the Little Caesars’ Love Kitchen.

“The Love Kitchen was created to provide quality meals for people who need them,” said Little Caesars Vice President of Marketing Services, Stuart deGeus. “As members of the area business community, it’s important for us to support people when they need it and help make the community stronger." 

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 5:34 am, Sat Nov 29, 2014.

Several area shelters in Longview are in need of extra supplies due to upcoming cold weather and the Christmas season approaching, organization directors said Friday.

“We always need new and used twin-sized sheets and pillow cases for our shelter,” Salvation Army Commanding Officer Maj. Ernest Lozano said. “We would expect to see an increase with the colder weather approaching, but sometimes we just end up with our regulars unless the temperature drops to the teens or we have storms and ice.”

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 4:40 PM PST
Updated: Nov 26, 2014 4:47 PM PST

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The back-and-forth weather pattern has had an effect on East Texas shelters that help the homeless, and those who need a warm meal and a warm place to stay.

While the warm spell is welcomed, it does not diminish the use of resources that are spent in the cold time of need. The recent frigid spell had many East Texas shelters like the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission overloaded, housing and feeding over and above capacity.

"I think this is a good place not just for coming in from the cold weather, but I think this is a good place to come when you're seeking change," says shelter resident Jimmy Hughes. With the warm weather, shelter numbers traditionally drop off.

"Our numbers go down a little bit, but we don't have the highs and lows we used to. They don't go big numbers, but they thin down a little bit," says Hiway 80 Mission Director Eric Burger.

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is seeing more people in need of help this Thanksgiving season. There are higher numbers of the newly desperate showing up at the doors of the Mission for food, clothing and shelter.

Men, women and children are suffering from what has largely been a jobless recovery: with new jobs being part time, temporary and lower wage employment. The lingering impacts of a tough recession are still hitting people hard.

The Mission expects to serve about 350 meals at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday (before Thanksgiving) at its main location at 3117 W. Marshall Avenue in Longview. Mission volunteers serve guests the holiday meal in a warm family atmosphere. The menu is traditional: turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato, cranberry sauce, roll, and pumpkin pie.

KLTV was on site to capture our Veteran’s Day celebration at the Mission. In spite of the cold weather, we hosted many veterans and members of the community for this special day to celebrate their service to our country.

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Posted: Sunday, November 9, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 1:17 pm, Sun Nov 9, 2014. 

By Phil Latham

Just before 10 a.m. on Election Day, a line formed outside of a small building in the 300 block of South Mobberly Avenue. 

A group of young men milled impatiently at the door, hands in pockets against the slight chill of the morning.

They were not waiting to vote. 

The building houses a business called Twisted Smoke, and the group had gathered for the opening of the store that sells, among other items, potpourri — also called synthetic marijuana. This is not your mother’s potpourri, but the variety that is smoked to achieve a legal, powerful — and some say dangerous — high.

Posted: Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 7:26 am, Sat Oct 25, 2014.

By Christina Lane

A few years ago, Michael Eades would turn to the bottle instead of to God whenever he had a problem, and he watched as his life slowly spiraled out of control.

He found himself going down “a dark road,” depressed and drinking alcohol all the time. When he would lay his head down at night, he was discontent.

His family was concerned, but he thought he could handle it himself.

“I was too proud to ask for help,” he said.

Eventually, he found himself in a hole from which he couldn’t make his way out.

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 7:52 am, Wed Sep 17, 2014.

By Richard Yeakley

A solitary jar of peanut butter sits on the shelves of the Longview Community Ministries’ Food Box food pantry.

The lack of peanut butter — a staple given out in food boxes by the ministry to more than 13,000 families each year — is a sign of the hard season felt by nonprofit organizations across East Texas.

Officials with area food pantries said Tuesday that they are feeling the squeeze as summer comes to a close, reporting they are low on food donations while high on demand.