Durham Mission gives away 12,000 toys

DURHAM 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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