Durham, N.C. — Hundreds of Triangle residents use Thanksgiving to celebrate with those less fortunate, a tradition that feeds the soul as well as the stomach.
"I am filled with joy to see how our community has come together to provide this wonderful meal for those who are less fortunate," said Ernie Mills, executive director of the Durham Rescue Mission.
The celebration began at the mission, at 1201 East Main St., at 10 a.m. with games and children's activities.
The mission saw record attendance in 2010, when more than 1,500 people shared in the feast. This year, more than 600 volunteers served more than 700 meals of turkey, stuffing, gravy and green beans.
Helping Hand Mission planned to serve 900 meals at 336 S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh.
Even those without transportation could partake. The Raleigh Rescue Mission prepared more than 700 meals for its Gobbles to Go program. Volunteer package and deliver the meals and a dose of holiday cheer to shut-ins, the elderly and low-income families.
In addition to the meal, volunteers donated and distributed clothes, including winter coats, and bags of groceries.