Teen giving old toys a new story

DURHAM Alex Cowles says after watching her mother work with charitable donations over the years, she came up with an idea for a matchmaking kind of service.

"Organizations let us know what they need, people can tell us what they have, and then we can match it to the right place that can really use it," she said.

So the high school junior started a non-profit, but it needed a name. She says her inspiration for that came from Disney's Toy Story 3.

"So I was watching this movie and I'd already been thinking about setting up this organization, and I just thought, New Stories for Old Toys, and so it's just a play off the title," Cowles said.

On Friday, she dropped off brand new polo shirts and jackets to the Durham Rescue Mission. The clothing was leftover from a tournament hosted by "The First Tee."

"Often we will have the larger sized gentleman who will come and it's difficult to find clothing in their sizes, and when we do they're used clothing and on their last legs, and for Alex to bring in this new clothing, it's just a real treat," Durham Rescue Mission Co-Founder Gail Mills said.

Gary Beasley got one of the free shirts. He was a resident of the Durham Mission years ago and now works for them. He says he knows firsthand about the need that exists.

"What she's doing, she's giving somebody some real nice clothes, and it's an opportunity some of these men wouldn't have, to have new clothes," he said.

If you have any, you can e-mail Cowles.

In the meantime, the Durham Rescue Mission is also in need of Easter baskets for local children.

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