Mission executive director Tony Cooper thanks a volunteer

Red light were firing and sirens were sounding Monday morning as NorthStar EMS rolled into the Mission for the finale of its 11th annual Drive Away Hunger campaign.

The organization challenged LifeGuard Ambulance, Shoals Ambulance, and Advantage EMS participated in the effort which began several weeks ago.

In all, three ambulances were filled with food that was donated to the Shepura Men’s Center in an effort to provide a “different kind of ‘Patient Care’ during the Thanksgiving season,” a spokesperson said. “This food drive provides another opportunity for us to provide for the physical and spiritual well-being of others.”

Local media talk about the donation with representatives from the service providers involved with the food drive.

The delivery was perfectly timed as the Mission is on track to serve more than 1,000 meals at its three shelters and to seniors and shut-ins throughout the Birmingham metro area on Thanksgiving.