Rescue mission in need of toys

DURHAM The mission needs about 1,000 toys for its annual holiday celebration for families trying to survive the tough economy.

"So we need even more toys than we had last year," Durham Rescue Mission Rev. Ernie Mills said.

Last year, the Durham Rescue Mission gave out more than 7,000 toys. It's currently shy by just 1,000 toys, but time is running out.

The mission's annual Christmas meal will be served at noon on Wednesday, leaving just one day for generous donors to drop off a toy for a child between the ages of 9 and 12.

"We are in desperate need," Mills said. "The kids are coming and we do not want them to leave disappointed. The economy's bad and the number of toys are down. It's not really the toys, but its Christ. But, yet kids love toys and we love to give them too."

And the number of families looking for a warm meal will likely go up. More than 3,000 people enjoyed a warm meal last year - many of them children.

This Christmas season, the Durham Rescue Mission is hoping the spirit of giving will ring true.

The Durham Rescue Mission will accept toys all day Tuesday.

For more about the mission visit their Web site at

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