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Durham Rescue Mission feeds thousands an early Easter dinner

Posted April 6, 2012

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— The Durham Rescue Mission fed more than 1,400 Friday at its annual Easter Community Dinner.

Lunch was served at the mission, at 1201 East Main St., until 2 p.m. and was followed by an Easter basket giveaway and other activities. Participants could take home clothing, groceries and Easter goodies.

"It's been a rough year for us," said Mello Anderson. "But we're still smiling and we're still faithful and we're still grateful."

Anderson and her five children recently relocated to Durham from South Carolina. She said she came to the rescue mission Friday in search of some prayer and a holiday celebration. "We're unfortunate this year," she said, "but in the future if I can give back and help the mission, I will gladly do so."

Hundreds of volunteers began cooking 400 pounds of pork Thursday night and worked through the day Friday with mission staff to serve those in attendance. 

Tina Vassar, who lost both her parents in the past year, said she gained as much from volunteering as she gave. "This is kind of my way of hopefully putting a little sunshine on someone else's face," she said.

Thousands share early Easter at Durham Rescue Mission Thousands share early Easter at Durham Rescue Mission

The Durham Rescue Mission served about 1,000 people on Good Friday in 2011. 

Chuck Mclean, a volunteer with the Durham Rescue Mission for the last 15 years, said he's seen crowds grow since he began volunteering. 

"There is a need for what we do, and that's why the volunteers keep coming back," he said. "The crowds have grown a lot because of need. That's the reason we're here."

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  • North Carolina Cutie Apr 10, 2012

    Bless those that give, and the ones that have a desire and can't, and even the one that can and do not.

  • NCHighlander Apr 6, 2012

    "These folks are volunteering their time and energy to try and help others in need, which is more then can be said for most of y'all who are whining about "the fraudulent needy". Hats off to those volunteers thinking of others instead of just themselves on this Good Friday!"

    I often wonder who needs who more. The hungry or those needing to feel that they are doing some good for the greater of mankind. As long as all are happy it's a success story.

  • Peachtree Apr 6, 2012

    "These folks are volunteering their time and energy to try and help others in need, which is more then can be said for most of y'all who are whining about "the fraudulent needy". Hats off to those volunteers thinking of others instead of just themselves on this Good Friday!"mmtlash

    Thanks for saying that! God Bless the needy, those who donated, the volunteers, and even those who are riding their high horses with their noses stuck in the air. Amen

  • Chaniya Apr 6, 2012

    Lord, help me to help those who cannot help themselves, for the day might come when I may also need help. And I ask thee Lord to keep me humble and to give with a pure heart; and do not judge, for to judge is sinful. Amen.

  • Chairman of the Bored Apr 6, 2012

    My suggestion for making this go forward in the community. Give out tickets to the needy who can do something. You complete an assigned task: picking up brush in an elderly person's yard, splitting firewood, cleaning the windows on a church, painting a shut-in's fence... etc... you get a ticket to eat.

    Who wants to bet you'd have half the turnout?

  • mep Apr 6, 2012

    It is sometimes difficult to discern the truly needy from those just taking advantage of not only govt assistance programs, but even the local charitable ones. No doubt everyone likes a free handout. And this is why charity.... true charity, is personal. You get to know the person you are giving to, their circumstances, their lives. Even those organizations I support with my finances alone, interact enough with those receiving the aid to prevent the limited resources they have from being squandered by unscrupulous folks. An honest interest in another persons life while giving them a hand up, is FAR better than just a hand out. My advice... find someone in your neighborhood that is struggling. Meet their needs as you can, and help guide them to meeting their own needs. The trillions spent for the "war on poverty" were mostly wasted. Poverty ends individually, one person, one family at a time. And its not with govt handouts. Give, DONT STOP, but give carefully.

  • ncouterbanks69 Apr 6, 2012

    I was taught that if a man won't work, don't feed him. I still believe that's good advice and will not contribute to feeding alcoholics and drug addicts so that they are freed up from work to stay high.

    It is so sad how true that is. If you give a mouse a cookie he will ask for a glass of milk. The problem is there are people who are truly down and need the help to get back on their feet because they are really tring to improve themselves. Those are few and far between. They are greatly outweighed by the countries lazy who simply think the world owes them something and leave it up to those of us that get out of bed to pay for it.

  • mmtlash Apr 6, 2012

    These folks are volunteering their time and energy to try and help others in need, which is more then can be said for most of y'all who are whining about "the fraudulent needy". Hats off to those volunteers thinking of others instead of just themselves on this Good Friday!

  • storchheim Apr 6, 2012

    Comments about those who take when they're not in need bolster the arguments for getting rid of entitlement programs. When you have to look your neighbor in the eye as you lie to him, it's a lot harder to carry off. Well, for some people.

  • independent_thinker Apr 6, 2012

    Darn designer jeans. Let's give another $24 Billion to Oil Co executives and tens more billions to rich corporate farmers.

    Corporate Welfare's the only welfare for me...

    WWJD?

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