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Christmas spirit on display in Durham

Posted December 23, 2010

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— Smiles were plentiful Thursday at the Durham Rescue Mission where hundreds of volunteers spent the day giving meals and toys to the less fortunate.

For the parents and children in line before dawn, the rescue mission outreach is a Christmas miracle.

"I'm hoping to get a Barbie doll," said 6-year-old Joi Scott.

Rasheeda Burton said she lined up so that she can deliver Christmas for her kids.

"I'm in school, so I just wanted to make sure that they had something for Christmas Day," Burton said.

She was amazed at how many people joined her.

"I'm sad that everybody has to be out here, but I'm glad it's an option," she said.

The Rescue Mission served more than 2,200 meals of turkey, ham and all the trimmings and gave away more than 12,000 toys, bags of groceries and racks of clothing.

"We really appreciate it," Burton said.

Those handing out the plates and bags said they got a gift in return.

Cory Bowen brought family to volunteer at the rescue mission for what he hopes will become an annual tradition.

"It gave me chills," he said. "I hope they can see what other kids don't have and be thankful for what they do have."

Bowen's daughter, Cameron, 12, said she was surprised at the size of the crowd.

"It's scary how many people need toys and clothes and all that," she said.

In Raleigh, volunteers packed meals at the rescue mission Thursday. They will deliver "dinner with dignity" on Christmas and New Year's Day.

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  • LIVEITUP Dec 24, 2010

    ONGODSPATH... Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • ONGODSPATH Dec 24, 2010

    LIVEITUP...MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  • Bon Viveur Dec 24, 2010

    I was on food stamps back in the 80's. I didn't need them, but I was able to work it to get them. One day I was buying a few filet mignon and caviar for a dinner party I was hosting and the check out lady gave me a hard time and told me I couldn't get the items. They had to bring in a manager to make her accept my colorful food stamp money for the items ( even though they could be considered luxury items by some they are not deli, so not disqualified. I was standing there in my mink trench coat and after she rang me up she said " this is exactly why you wound up on food stamps!". I got in my Mercedes, put the top down and drove off with a flourish. That made for great dinner conversation later that evening when I had a few guests over.

  • LIVEITUP Dec 24, 2010

    My family farms... They had extra eggs, so they took them to the Rescue Mission in Durham to try and help out. I would like to tell you that not a single person would help them unload the eggs from the truck. So yes, I have a hard time feeling bad for some of these people!

    ONGODSPATH.. read my comment again, because I think you misunderstood. I waited tables for 5 years to help provide for my family and LOVED it. I am not looking down on anyone that has a job. I got a full time job because the hours are tough in the food industry.. nights and weekends. It's hard with young children. Otherwise, I would still be doing it. I DO think it's better than being on assistance! I am saying just that.... I would do whatever job I had to make ends meet and have done it!

  • ONGODSPATH Dec 24, 2010

    AND AGAIN I SAY YOU DONT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEXT 365 YOU MAY NOT BE AT MCDONALDS YOU MAY BE AT WENDYS SO DONT LOOK DOEN ON PEOPLE THAT WAIT TABLES AND WORK IN THE FAST FOOD INDUSTRY TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, ITS BETTER THAN BEING ON ASSISTANCE DONT YOU THINK.

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 24, 2010

    Like usual, I'm sure the people showing up are a mix of those who are truly in need and those who don't need the help but show up for every handout they can get. Hopefully those who truly need the assistance will be toward the front of the line.

  • LIVEITUP Dec 24, 2010

    You are right, I don't know their circumstances. I am speaking of the ones that aren't trying. To the others, I hope that things look up for them soon.

  • LIVEITUP Dec 24, 2010

    I hear you shouting at me... I am sure some of these people are trying. Yes, in my line of work, I see this everyday! Do you know that it hurts the parents? Maybe they expect it just like they expect government subsidies and other handouts. Ofcourse when the cameras are on them, they say "I'm just having a hard time right now, blah, blah, blah... but how do you know that they are trying?? I have compassion for people that are trying
    and I always have compassion for children. I just hope they take this experience and do better for themselves. It won't be me on the news next year, because when it comes to providing for my family, I am not above waiting on tables or working at McDonalds to do it!

  • dmj Dec 24, 2010

    You don't know what their circumstances are. There could very well have been people in that line that have never been on any kind of public assistance in their lives and have degrees,etc. and can't find work. The job market is really, really bad out there. I have a college degree and years in the job market and it took me over 2 years to find that job that I have and I can't tell you how many resumes I sent out. Just because someone doesn't have a job does not mean they don't want one or haven't been looking.

  • ONGODSPATH Dec 24, 2010

    YOU REALLY NEED TO UNPLUG YOUR COMPUTER AND THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW FOR MAKING SUCH AN INSENSITIVE COMMENT. HOW DO YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR WORK...ARE YOU WITH THEM EVERYDAY???? ITS NOT SO MUCH AS FEEL BAD JUST FOR THE KIDS AND ITS A BAD SITUATION ALL AROUND. IM SURE IT HURTS THE PARENTS NOT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR CHIDREN AND NOT TO BE ABLE TO DO 100 PERCENT ON THEIR OWN. AND ONCE AGAIN YOU DONT KNOW THAT THIS IS THE ONLY LIFE THAT THEY KNOW. SO HOW ABOUT SHOWING A LITTLE COMPASSION BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE NEXT 365 DAYS BECAUSE NEXT YEAR THAT COULD BE YOUR INTERVIEW WE'RE READING NEXT YEAR.

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