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Charities seeking last-minute donations for needy Triangle children

Posted December 15, 2014

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— With Christmas 10 days away, some area charities are in a serious situation. Donations are down, and the needs are up.

More than 1,300 of the 8,800 children the Salvation Army is trying to help this year through its Angel Tree campaign have no gifts in their box at the organization's Raleigh warehouse.

"It makes me feel really sad because I was once one of those kids," Salvation Army volunteer Teressa Jackson said Monday. "When I got those toys, I was really, really grateful because we didn't have much. I was one of 14 kids, and so my family, we were always in need."

Because the Salvation Army made Christmas possible for her family, Jackson said she now wants to give back.

"There's always something for us to do," she said. "I feel awesome. I feel like I have given back to the community, and I feel like I have helped somebody's child."

The Salvation Army did receive 450 bikes from the Triangle Spokes group, and officials said they also have plenty of toys for the children. But they are short on clothes, especially for older children.

The need is also great at the Durham Rescue Mission, where officials were hoping to have 13,000 toys to hand out to needy children this Christmas. As of Monday evening, they have less than 2,000 on the shelves.

"It's like this every year," said Rob Tart, chief operating officer for the Durham Rescue Mission. "We always get nervous. We are on our knees. We are asking the Lord to bless. We are asking the community to come through."

Angel Lewis of Holly Springs came through Monday afternoon, stopping by the Salvation Army with a minivan filled with gifts.

"It's great because you know that you are doing your part for the community, and that's what the season is all about," Lewis said.

People can still drop off new, unwrapped items at the Salvation Army warehouse, at 2116 New Bern Ave., all day Tuesday. Volunteers and staff will distribute gifts to area families Wednesday through Friday.

The Durham Rescue Mission will distribute gifts next Tuesday, so donations can be made over the next week at 1201 E. Main St.

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  • rachel Dec 16, 2014

    " I was one of 14 kids and we were always in need"- I would have loved to have had 14 kids- I could only afford 2-and yes, I do donate but I have a hard time with the idea that someone else's need to over reproduce is a reason for me to over stretch my budget and help them out

  • unc2002 Dec 16, 2014

    Maybe instead of making this about politics, a person should donate a to.

  • Kathryn Adams Dec 16, 2014
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    Oh goody the, "I'm not going to dignify this argument by providing examples" debate tactic.

    The Salvation Army was founded in 1865, Goodwill Industries was founded in 1902, and the Durham Rescue mission was founded in 1974. There has been a need for charity for a LOT longer than the past six years. Jesus even says in the Bible, "You will always have the poor among you," so trying to pretend that you can blame poverty on any one political group or politician makes you look feeble-minded.

  • ditch Dec 16, 2014

    I cant believe someone thinks that these services have only been needed in the last six years. I guess it must be nice to believe everything the Rush station tells you and be ignorant of the real world.

  • A person Dec 16, 2014

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    If I have to explain, you would not understand. Not my fault you have a bad memory

  • a-moment-of-truth Dec 16, 2014

    I'm in need too. All I could scrounge up for my 9 yo is a video game, a book, and a puzzle book. Simply don't have it. Programs like this are unavailable to me bc either I can't take off to go sign up, or I'm over income limit. Hallelujah anyway. We have food and shelter, a car to ride in, and my student loan is paid for the month. Merry Christmas.

  • PowderedToastMan Dec 16, 2014

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    Which is where? What time period can you name where things like this were never needed?

  • A person Dec 16, 2014

    Hard to believe that in America there is actually a need for things like this. The need has grown significantly the last 6 years and shall continue to grow until we begin to get back to where we once belonged