Community comes through for the children

December 23, 2009 10:47:48 AM PST
Hundreds of kids gathered at the Durham Rescue Mission Wednesday for gifts and an annual Christmas dinner.

Volunteers worked through the night to make it happen. As of Tuesday, they weren't sure they could pull it off because so few toy donations had come in. But a last minute call to the community paid off, and hundreds of toys were donated.

"Within a couple of hours, cars were lining up, bringing toys in. There's just a lot of wonderful people in the Triangle that care for those less fortunate," said Ernie Mills with the Durham Rescue Mission.

Cooking the meal started Tuesday night with cooks simmering turkey in slow cookers while others slept. By daybreak, 'Santa's helpers' were stuffing sacks full of toys and hanging out all sorts of clothes with care.

"It feels great, you know just having everyone out from all the cultures and stuff to help out during Christmastime and all the other holidays it's really good," explained Dominique Wright who's been volunteering at the event for six years.

Scott Rutledge brought his three boys to lend a hand.

"It just gives them a chance to see some kids that might not be as fortunate and be able to see how they can take part in that, and hopefully that brings really more of the giving spirit into Christmas and that's a lesson that can be reinforced with them," he said.

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