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Durham Rescue Mission still needs thousands of toys

Posted December 9, 2010

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— The Durham Rescue Mission said Thursday that it still needs 10,000 new, unwrapped toys for children attending the group’s Christmas toy giveaway on Dec. 23.

The mission is asking for donations so every child who attends the event will receive toys.

“Please join me in helping to provide for our children by donating new toys, books, and games,” Mayor Bill Bell said in a statement. 

In addition to the toy giveaway, the mission will serve a free traditional Christmas meal with all the trimmings, and hand out free clothing and groceries at the event. Games and other activities for the children will also be available.

The event will start at noon at the mission, located at 1201 E. Main St.

Anyone who would like to donate toys should call the mission at 919-688-9641 for more information. Financial gifts can be donated online.

Last year, more than 7,000 toys, 8,000 pieces of clothing, 3,000 meals and 1,022 bags of groceries were given away.

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. 


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  • edith wharton Dec 17, 2010

    It does seem that, given the need, they could accept gently-used toys, books and games. There are many people who could donate their childrens' outgrown items that still have lots of play left in them. Used books read just as well as new ones and I'm sure if the childrens' families are unable to buy gifts, a gently used gift would be better than none.

  • MomOfTwins Dec 16, 2010

    10,000 must be a wrong number- it's more toys than they gave out last year?!

  • patriciaham Dec 10, 2010

    Why do all the toys have to be new. My kids have plenty of toys that they've outgrown that are in excellent shape. I'm sure a little one would love to receive them on Christmas morning.

  • GWALLY Dec 10, 2010

    10,000..????...as in TEN THOUSAND...???

  • kewlmom Dec 10, 2010

    I'm agreeing, 10k seems awfully high...

  • Deb1003 Dec 10, 2010

    Wow, they still need 10K? How many toys will each child receive? Just curious...I've donated food, clothing and a few toys to our local mission. We're a bit low on toys, but not 10,000.

  • issymayake Dec 10, 2010

    DJing at a party tonight, and we are requesting toys for this mission. I hope we have a great turnout!

  • Caring Dec 10, 2010

    I agree with helping the children, I have to ask...does any parents in Durham work?

  • sammyg Dec 10, 2010

    I feel bad for the kids too. C'mon, Durham-ites, buy some toys for the poor kids.

  • working for deadbeats Dec 9, 2010

    I feel bad for the kids.

    I wonder how many parents who attend these events are abusing social entitlement programs...