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Rescue Mission meets toy goal for Christmas celebration

Posted December 23, 2009

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— The Durham Rescue Mission has surpassed its goal for toys to hand out at its annual giveaway on Wednesday, officials said.

After the group said it was about 1,000 toys short on Tuesday, officials said toys began flooding in.

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Ernie Mills, executive director of the mission, said there were traffic jams outside of the mission as more than 3,000 toys were donated Tuesday afternoon. The group also received about 5,000 pieces of clothing.

"There are a lot of good people in Durham," Mills said.

Over 3,332 people turned out Wednesday – more than half the total 1,600 people served a year ago. The mission aimed to give each child up to four toys.

In 2008, the mission gave away more than 7,000 toys, 10,000 pieces of clothing and 850 bags of groceries at its annual celebration. More than 7,000 toys, 8,000 pieces of clothing, 3,000 meals and 1,022 bags of groceries were given away Wednesday.

People can still donate toys to the Durham Rescue mission, 1201 E. Main St. Donors can also give to the Raleigh Rescue Mission, at 314 E. Hargett St. The group said they are desperate for food donations this year, as well.


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  • scotlandlover Dec 29, 2009

    I can't believe these people complaining about poor children getting four toys.Shame on all of you!These may be the only toys they get all year.Be thankful for what you have.You could be in the mission line one day.I hope not.

  • jp11 Dec 28, 2009

    I got the 'cris email' from Durham Rescue Mission tht were 1000 toys short a few days before Christmas. I found they were 1000 toys short - because they were giving four, yes 4, toys to each kid.
    Also, note on the donation page that even though you donate to a particular cause the page says......THEY WILL ACTAULLY DECIDE WHERE YOUR DONATIONS ARE USED.
    They are off my list now.

  • Da Toy Maker Dec 23, 2009

    Just count your blessing if you/your family are not in the receiving end. We surely do.

    Just support the Charity that you feel that will do the most good. We typically support the Helping Hand Mission in Downtown Raleigh.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 23, 2009

    I will not contribute anything to the Durham Rescue Mission. They'd surely get more contributions and universal support if they dropped their required Jesus-homage as part of receiving their benefit.

  • DRinNC Dec 23, 2009

    Abuse of any charity is always going to be there. I have personally worked with DRM on their adult programs, and I can tell you that they offer people a chance to get back up when life has nocked them down. They are not perfect but they are worthy.

  • LIVEITUP Dec 23, 2009

    I am sorry, but I wouldn't give anything to the Durham Rescue Mission. Those folks just line up with their hands out! It's too bad b/c it isn't the kids fault that they were born into this, but that is how they are being taught and I am sure it will continue.

  • Canes Girl Forever Dec 23, 2009

    The goodness done outweighs the bad.

  • Carolina Parrothead Dec 23, 2009

    It makes me angry too, to give to a charity and have those who aren't truly in need receive. But I have come to realize that what is important isn't the attitude of the person receiving the gift, it is the spirit in which it is given. I would rather give and a child who doesn’t need the charity receive it than not give and a worthy child not receive.

  • we_all_have_it_coming Dec 23, 2009

    "I know it sucks that some people who do not really need the items will turn up to get some"

    Yes... and WRAL has been advertising this event on TV, non-stop for about a week. FREE - FREE - Come and get it!

    Would it not be better to work with a social services organization to identify the truly needy and make sure they are represented... instead of having a first-come free-for-all?

    BTW... I speak from experience, and it breaks your heart to volunteer to assist such projects only to walk away feeling used and taken advantage of.

    Nonetheless... kudos to all that have given their time and money for a worthy thought.

  • hollylama Dec 23, 2009

    I love news stories like this. I drove by the mission this morning and people were already in line for tickets. Its so easy for people who don't give to elicit numerous excuses why they don't. Many will flood the comments section with their disdain but I choose to focus on the positive.