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Durham Rescue Mission serves Easter feast to needy families

Posted April 18

— Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Durham Rescue Mission early Friday to set up, prepare and serve barbecue pork and hot dogs for the homeless, working poor and needy in the area. 

Children 12 and under who attended Friday's event also get an Easter basket and enjoyed several free carnival games with free prizes, free clothing items and free grocery bags for needy families to take home. 

Ernie Mills, co-founder of the Durham Rescue Mission, said he expects Friday's event to be a "fun, fun time."

"We've got about 700 pounds of barbecue, 2,000 hot dogs and 6,000 pieces of clothing," he said. 

Festivities were scheduled to begin at noon, and organizers have more than 1,100 Easter baskets to pass out.

David Cash, one of the organizers of Friday's event, said volunteers will be showing up throughout the morning. 

"We've been getting baskets in for probably about a month," he said. "We've had them come in from individuals and companies, civic groups."

The Durham Rescue Mission is the Triangle’s largest and oldest shelter providing free food, safe shelter, clean clothing, counsel, vocational training and job placement for more than 350 men, women, and children 365 days a year.

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