Local News

750 lbs of pork, 2,000 hot dogs prepped for Durham Rescue Mission's Easter dinner

Posted April 14

— Volunteers worked through the night and into early Friday morning to help feed thousands of people in need at the Durham Rescue Mission's annual Easter dinner.

The event benefits people in Durham by giving out dinners, but the Rescue Mission also gives away free clothing items, bags of groceries and hosts free carnival games for children. Kids will also receive an Easter basket to celebrate the day.

"This is our homeless prevention event," said Ernie Mills, co-founder of the Durham Rescue Mission. "We'll be giving away probably around 10,000 pieces of clothing today, the barbecue, toys for the kids, games for the kids to play.

"We try to create it as a carnival event."

More than 300 volunteers served up 1,764 meals and distributed 1,242 Easter baskets.

The meal included:

–750 pounds of slow-cooked pork

–2,000 hot dogs

–200 pounds of potato salad

–200 pounds of coleslaw

–2,000 desserts

"It breaks your heart to see there's such a great need out there," Mills said. "But then it warms my heart to see the community coming together to meet those needs."


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all