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Durham nonprofit hosts back-to-school party, backpack giveaway

Posted August 21, 2014
Updated August 24, 2016

— Dozens of children and their parents lined up before dawn on Thursday to receive backpacks, clothes and food at the Durham Rescue Mission's 15th annual back-to-school party.

The nonprofit gave away nearly 3,00 backpacks filled with supplies, and they handed out 1,800 bags of groceries and more than 11,000 articles of clothing.

The event drew nearly 4,400 people.

"This community event is a necessity in this economy. Many families are just one paycheck away from being homeless," Durham Rescue Mission co-founder Ernie Mills said. "Our goal, as always, is to provide children with the tools they need to get excited about going back to school, all of which is possible because of our generous sponsors and tireless volunteers."

Volunteers from GlaxoSmithKline and other organizations arrived at 7 a.m. to begin preparing backpacks, and the giveaway began at 9 a.m.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 26, 2014

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    They rely on taxpayers to subsidize their activities. *We* have the backbone that supports them. Or, are you willing to open their financial books and compare what they do to what they avoid in taxes, like every other business & citizen pays?

  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 21, 2014
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    Religious groups are the backbone of helping the community. Please find out for yourself.

  • Kathryn Adams Aug 21, 2014
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    I'm not convinced that our standard of living would change, other than the fact that we'd have to pay private organizations for everything that taxes currently pay for (roads, police, fire department, military).

    Besides, employers already know how much take-home pay employees will settle for now; do you really think if the government stopped taking out income taxes then all that extra money would suddenly appear back in our paychecks?

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 21, 2014

    How does anyone who hates those that are actually out making a difference in our communities sleep at night?

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 21, 2014

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    A better argument would be just imagine how much better everyone's standard of living would be if no one had to pay taxes.

    be if we didn't have to pay taxes everyones standerd of living would be much better.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 21, 2014

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    What data, if any, would convince you?

    I mean, you do realize that churches avoid Billions of dollars in taxes (every year) on their Billions of dollars of real estate, land, stocks, bonds, t-bills, etc...right? And, you do realize that this money has to come from somewhere, right? It's coming from you...and me...we're paying their way. I imagine that if the majority of churches in the U.S. were non-Christian (unlike now), taxes would be imposed this afternoon. A subsidy is a subsidy.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 21, 2014

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    That most everyone there is in need?

  • Anita Woody Aug 21, 2014

    There is one common thing about the line if you have ever been.

  • cuaround1 Aug 21, 2014

    I wish they had this event earlier in the summer or on the weekend, as my daughter is in year round school. This event requires you bring your child with you and I'm not going to have her miss a day of school to stand in line for hours.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 21, 2014

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    That's so not true, only hate could help someone come up with such garbage.