Durham Rescue Mission equips thousands for school

Posted August 18, 2011
Updated August 19, 2011

Thousands lined up for school supplies Thursday at the Durham Rescue Mission.
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— Students in need of books, paper pencils and back-to-school clothes got a helping hand Thursday from the Durham Rescue Mission.

The nonprofit hosted its 12th annual back-to-school party and cookout for local children who head back to school next week, handing out 4,000 backpacks filled with school supplies as well as shoes, clothing and groceries.

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The mission's founder, Rev. Ernie Mills, said that he has seen a 31 percent increase in need over the past two years.

Mills said that he estimated approximately 4,000 people were served Thursday – the most the group has seen in the event's history.

In Wake County, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle held its annual BackPack Buddies Food Drive aimed at collecting food, money and backpacks for needy children. It collected more than 22,000 pounds of food and $56,000 in cash to help feed children in central North Carolina. Last year's event raised more than $32,000.


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  • North Carolina Cutie Aug 23, 2011

    You don't know until you fall on hard times yourself. If it's never rained at your house wait until the rain fall you will need an umbrella. Someone will give you one Joey!

  • joeydirtwood Aug 19, 2011

    I have done a lot but it is wrong to seek praise for your self.Doing good is it's own reward.

  • davido Aug 19, 2011

    So Joey, what have you done to help those less fortunate than you lately? I hope it's a lot.

  • joeydirtwood Aug 19, 2011

    if you think about it ,they are walking around in our shoes.They didn't pay for them,we did.

  • davido Aug 19, 2011

    This is great work helping people through difficult times. Until you walk a mile in their shoes...

  • mmtlash Aug 19, 2011

    there are some Scroogelike folks on golo...

  • joeydirtwood Aug 19, 2011

    they have time to stand in line all day for a handout,but can't work cause they are all "disabled" ,just check their handicapped parking window hangers.

  • homefree Aug 19, 2011

    Nothing says USA like handing out some free stuff without having to work for it.

  • vraptor Aug 19, 2011

    Why do these parents buy bling for themselves and their children and not school supplies??? If the kid has a cell phone. No back pack for you.

  • loprestw Aug 19, 2011

    Native Americans have an old saying, " shame on a man who has a family he can not feed". I understand people are just trying to help but please explain to me why are these people having children if they can not even afford to buy a back pack or even lunch. Time to take responsibility for your own actions, of course liberal democrats would think im just being silly.