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Durham, Raleigh Rescue Missions Step Up for Christmas, Winter

Posted December 22, 2007

— The rescue missions in Durham and Raleigh are spreading warmth and a little cheer during the cold Christmas season.

Volunteers with the Friends of the Durham Rescue Mission donated Christmas presents for 23 children from needy families.

The children opened their gifts and filled up on a home-cooked meal, along with their mothers on Friday.

The Raleigh Rescue Mission asked for the public's help in providing the needy with coats, hats, gloves and blankets as colder weather approaches.

Charity officials said it seems as if there is more demand for such items this year.

"We were probably looking at maybe giving out 2,500 to 3,000 blankets this year, as we look at what we've done in the past," Lynn Daniell, the charity's executive director, said.

"I'm not sure what our number is now, but we have given out 700 to 800 blankets. And there, again, we're just getting into the cold season."

Daniell said the rescue mission has had a good year, but each year, it seems as if there are more people in need.


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  • catch22 Dec 24, 2007

    How many Asians has anyone seen begging for food, clothing, or free housing? How many Asians has any one seen walking around pregnant at 16. Maybe you seen an Asian asking for a school loan, but looking for handouts.

  • leo-nc Dec 23, 2007

    In these comments, if this is the type of attitude we've reduced ourselves to during the Christmas Season, it scares me to think what our society will be like in the next 20 years.

  • leo-nc Dec 23, 2007

    catch22, I'm done with you. There are quite a few people out there who make more than 100k per year on a high-school education. Seen it many times, so your questions, although meant to be snide, are not even relevant in the first place.

  • catch22 Dec 23, 2007

    was the person working a low income job because they did not study enough in high school or went to college?

  • ghimmy47 Dec 23, 2007

    Now wait a minute. There is public assistance with housing, money and food. Each child is extra. There is public transport. Most people of the world get by with a LOT less. I'm not saying that particular person did this, but a lot of "needy" people spend their money on non-essentials. I can't believe there are good managers of their resources who can't eat every day and can't get a blanket. Somebody enlighten me with some facts?

  • leo-nc Dec 23, 2007

    I know someone who was down on her luck for quite a while but never stopped fighting to get back on her feet. I helped her when I could, and it was appreciated and she was always humble. She worked 50-60 hours a week at a low income job after her husband left her with nothing. She had no car, no way to work and no real food, no place to live. She needed help and she got it. She built herself back up but it took time. Your comments are cold and mean catch22. You might have money and you may do very well financially but in a pinch, I would trust this woman over you any day, because she's seen hard times and came through it by pure grit. She's honest, hard working and caring. She would do for others what you refuse to because you're too good for that kind of thing. Without assistance from others, she may have never made it back. I have more respect for people like this than anyone else. Your comments make you sound like you care about no one but yourself.

  • catch22 Dec 23, 2007

    can I be down on my luck for 2 years or is that just lazy?

  • Tibby Dec 22, 2007

    I agree with Leo. These people, especially the children are down on their luck and we should come together to help them. It's not that hard to find a coat you don't wear anymore and donate it. "Free loaders"? I can't believe people can be so cold hearted. Especially during Christmas.

  • leo-nc Dec 22, 2007

    Kudos to those who volunteer and step up to the plate in order to help others. Sadly, most of the comments on this story show our true "me" society. If you guys are ever down on your luck, please don't ask for help. You don't deserve it.

  • enigma1469 Dec 22, 2007

    Nothing should be given for free. "Build a man a fire and he will be warm for a day... set a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life." or was that about fishing??? oh well close enough.