Durham Mission gives away 12,000 toys

December 23, 2010 3:33:47 PM PST
Volunteers across the Triangle helped put smiles on dozens of children's faces at the Durham Rescue Mission's Christmas toy giveaway to those less fortunate.Volunteers started cooking 150 turkeys and 40 hams around 7 p.m. Wednesday night to help feed the over 3,000 people in need who attended Thursday. Mission co-founder Ernie Mills says over 12,000 toys were given away, along with over 7,000 articles of clothing.

The mission does several events every year, but Mills says Christmas is a little different.

"The average person in America cannot comprehend what a person would feel like being homeless or being short and not having Christmas clothing or toys," Mills said.

Rose Smith has four children and says she wants them to have a normal Christmas, even if she can't give it to them.

"I'll be blessed for a nice gift for them," she said. "I'd sure appreciate it. I don't have any finances coming in, nothing like that. It's real hard and I appreciate everything I can get. It means a lot. When times when you don't have to give no one else a gift to your own family."

Mills says the mission has seen a 23 percent increase in the number of needy men, women and children seeking services from the Durham Rescue Mission.

To make a contribution visit the Durham Rescue Mission's website at www.durhamrescuemission.org.

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