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.