DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) -- More than 2,000 people were expected to show up for free food, warm clothes, and toys Friday at the Durham Rescue Mission.
The Christmas party may be the largest in the Triangle and more than 500 volunteers helped to pull it off.
Some of those volunteers were up all night cooking more than 100 turkeys, 30 hams, 1,000 hot dogs, and all the trimmings and deserts.
It's the 11th annual gathering which seems to grow each year. The family that founded the Rescue Mission explained they could never pull it off if it wasn't for donors, sponsors, and volunteers.
"The donors and the volunteers are always keeping pace with the need and it's fantastic. It warms our hearts," said Ernie Mills, Jr.
One mother who stood in line with her children said the toys they received will help make the kids' Christmas.
"It's nice that they do this every year for the kids and for the families, for some of us that don't have," said Marie Henderson. "It's amazing at how people really care. It's good that they want to do this and take time and effort to put this all together."