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  • superman Dec 26, 2011

    I grew up on a farm and had 5 brothers and sisters. We often had very little for Christmas except plenty of love and affection from our parents. We all made it just fine and we all grew up to be successful and hard working. Today my house is paid for, 3 cars paid for and absolutely no credit card debt. My upbringing taught me the value of a dollar and honest hard work. Too bad the parents havent learned that and passed it on to their children. They prefer to stand in line for a handout rather than work. And I need to mention those women who are not marrried and have children with no way to support them. Somemtimes the hardship that people have is self imposed. I worked my way thru college and then grad school. The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own elbow. You only help people by allowing them to work and earn what they get. I passed a guy standing on the corner begging and he was on his cell phone!

  • AtALost Dec 23, 2011

    "KIDS STILL DESERVE A CHRISTMAS NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - doloresbrown75"

    Kids deserve love, food and shelter. Christmas is about love. Gifts are optional. Parents unable to afford gifts should explain to their kids why they aren't getting gifts. Instead many parents acquire more debt because of peer pressure. Now that credit is harder to get, people need to face the reality they ignored for years. If you don't have it, enjoy a meal together, bake some cookies, count your blessings and love your family. The rest is not necessary.

  • storchheim Dec 23, 2011

    "you assueme they dont want any (jobs) what does that matter.........KIDS STILL DESERVE A CHRISTMAS NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - doloresbrown75

    Screaming doesn't make it true. And it matters plenty if the parents don't want jobs. It's referred to as "the entitlement mentality": "Give to me, just because I want it."

    Back to your screaming about KIDS. Yours is a knee-jump reaction. How do you know the kids "deserved" gifts, which is what you really mean? Because their parents told them they would receive gifts? I don't understand what you base your statement on.

    Regardless, deserving something and affording it are different things. I deserve a nice home; I can't afford it. The best thing these parent(s) could do for their kids, instead of standing in line for handouts, is teach them that they have to earn money in order to afford things instead of propagating the entitlement mentality.

    Oh, and Christmas isn't denied to anyone. Gifts sometimes are.

  • RWS Dec 23, 2011

    "I sure hope they help the right people."

    Yeah, that's a Tea Party comment. Trust noone, it's all about me. MINE MINE MINE

  • wildcat Dec 23, 2011

    I sure hope they help the right people.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 23, 2011

    It is my wish that NO ONE would EVER have to "stand in that line" PERIOD....!!! It is also my wish that those that truely do need help are not displaced by a system full of freeloaders and theives...for they ARE truly stealing from the poor and are the lowest of the low...!!!!

    The true freeloaders are the ones standing on the corners in the medians with the signs.People hand them $5,10 $20 because of their appearance but most don't see them all the time.
    They are a group working in shifts and some make over $50,000-even $100,000 a year.

  • carydaddy Dec 23, 2011

    Merry Christmas to one and all! I'm glad that the Durham Rescue Mission continues to do the Lord's work. Remember, we're celebrating Christ-mas -- the season where God gave of Himself to dwell with man.

  • n2justice Dec 23, 2011

    Thank you to the Durham Rescue Mission for providing for these people. The DRM is doing an honorable thing. Those there to receive may or may not be in need but please do not judge people by appearance alone. I'm sure that when most people see me they wouldn't realize that I and my children are one missed paycheck away from needing the aid of the DRM. Merry Christmas and God bless.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 23, 2011

    Not everyone sorry,there will still be some without a christmas,or dinner,some will be in the woods or in their cars but no one will think about them i;m sure?.
    Some homes are without Christmas while these others go to walmart and expensive shops buying expensive gifts ...
    Sorry but I don't recall Jesus telling everyone to go to walmart or spend thousands of dollars on useless materialistic things to celebrate his birthday which was not dec 25th.
    Jesus like God and Adam and eve and the good ole serpent are parts of your soul.
    Think inside instead of outside if you want to feel god.

  • marshalovesavengedsevenfold Dec 23, 2011

    That was so sweet of them helping the families and children in needs for Christmas.

  • marshalovesavengedsevenfold Dec 23, 2011

    That was really sweet of them doing that. For the families that were in need and children.

  • SmokeWagon Dec 23, 2011

    ..."i hope that you NEVER have to stand in that line one day. Merry Christmas~ boginfive..."

    It is my wish that NO ONE would EVER have to "stand in that line" PERIOD....!!! It is also my wish that those that truely do need help are not displaced by a system full of freeloaders and theives...for they ARE truly stealing from the poor and are the lowest of the low...!!!!

  • eddybal Dec 23, 2011

    If you are unfortunate to belong to the group of working poor, you need communication. Assuming that you looked at the newest I Phone is, as I said, an assumption made from a bird's eye perspective. If you went through the trouble of getting closer, you would find that poverty has many looks, unfortunately. Of course, there will be people abusing the honor system, some people don't have honor. You find that everywhere.

  • jjiii732 Dec 23, 2011

    First off, I think it is great what the Rescue Mission does... Where I have a problem is what I saw on this news report this morning. The camera is showing the line of people waiting, & someone flipping open their cell phone (it was dark easy to notice)... Just saying, Rescue Mission is for those who truly need help, not for those who choose to take advantage of help... I agree with what someone said earlier, think how much more Rescue Mission could help if they would turn away the "freeloaders." Instead of spending money on that cell phone bill every month, use it to buy your own food. Leave the Rescue Mission to help those who are truly in need...

  • Plenty Coups Dec 23, 2011

    "isn't it sad that most of the comments are negative?"

    There are always going to be Scrooges out there who look at everything negative. A sinister purpose in everything that helps people. Must be hard living in a imperfect world where there are a few "freeloaders" getting a meal. So consumed by hatred for what you perceive as bad that you fail to ever see anything good in a overwhelmingly compassionate and helpful gesture.

  • boginfive Dec 23, 2011

    EXACTLY...!!!!!!.....JUST IMAGINE what the Rescue Mission could REALLY do if the entitled freeloaders where sent home and ONLY those in need where served......!!!!

    i hope that you NEVER have to stand in that line one day. Merry Christmas~

  • usemailinator Dec 23, 2011

    Maybe they should hand out a little tract with every gift educating parents on the consequences of voting for obongo in 2013. He'll be famous alright. Famous for being the only president who slept for four years and did absolutely nothing.

  • timothycapwell Dec 23, 2011

    @avnvideo...AMEN!

  • doloresbrown75 Dec 23, 2011

    ok i dont think all the negitivity is neccessary durning the holidays ppl cant find jobs or you assueme they dont want any what does that matter.........KIDS STILL DESERVE A CHRISTMAS NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SmokeWagon Dec 23, 2011

    ..."look on the bright side of the story, what the rescue mission is really doing...being a good example of Christmas..."

    EXACTLY...!!!!!!.....JUST IMAGINE what the Rescue Mission could REALLY do if the entitled freeloaders where sent home and ONLY those in need where served......!!!!

  • boginfive Dec 23, 2011

    isn't it sad that most of the comments are negative? this is supposed to be a good Christmas story, something good for the community. and your comments are trying to ruin it. look on the bright side of the story, what the rescue mission is really doing...being a good example of Christmas...giving. you need to change your christmas thinking. think about it!

  • Wiser_now Dec 23, 2011

    @mmtlash - Amen!

  • mmtlash Dec 23, 2011

    Hopefully this article won't bring too many grumpy comments from the usual folks. It's great to see folks doing nice things for others in the spirit of the holidays. Merry Christmas folks!

  • SmokeWagon Dec 23, 2011

    I wonder what % of the people in line actually NEED the help rather than just WANT something free...??? 15%...(maybe)...???

  • jackd418 Dec 23, 2011

    As a former resident Jesus and being a part of it with the kids were all I needed for Christmas.The Mission does fantastic work all year 24/7

  • avnvideo Dec 23, 2011

    Amazing some of these people can stand in line for everything except a job year after year.

  • unclegrits Dec 23, 2011

    "Families with children started lining up outside the rescue mission at 3:30 a.m. Friday, more than eight hours before the event."

    Man times are bad.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 23, 2011

    Bless all of these great people and those who receive their blessings!

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 23, 2011

    It's great that local people and businesses come together to make sure that many children have a good Christmas. That's the spirit of Christmas at work. It's also nice to see that it's the citizens and not the government that is running this program.

  • u stand corrected Dec 23, 2011

    A wonderful organization!!!!!!!!! Thank you all so much!!!!!!

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