Firm loads up toys for Durham Rescue Mission

Posted December 21, 2011 6:44 p.m. EST

— Dozens of Triangle companies are reaching into their coffers to make the holiday season a little brighter for others.

On Wednesday, employees of pharmaceutical services company Quintiles Transnational Corp. created an assembly line to pack up toys for the Durham Rescue Mission.

"Right now, we only have about 15 toys at the rescue mission," director Ernie Mills said.

Quintiles officials heard the mission's plea for more toys for area boys and girls several weeks ago, and the company decided to donate $10,000 worth of gifts. Mills said it is one of dozens of organizations that have answered the call for help this year.

Employee Lisa Gilmore, who is the youngest of nine children, said she knows what it's like to go without.

"Christmas was exciting, even though there weren't a lot of toys," Gilmore said. "There was lot of cheer and spirit in the house."

To learn the spirit of giving, employee Paul Spreen brought his son and daughter to help with the collection.

"I do think they understand that all kids don't get presents," Spreen said. "It's special when they feel like they can contribute to other kids getting presents."

Quintiles' efforts added 810 toys to the stockpile at Durham Rescue Mission.

"I wish they could just be there Friday morning to watch the kids' faces when they start getting these toys out," said Jacob Nelson of the rescue mission.

Last year, the mission's annual community Christmas dinner, toy and clothing giveaway helped more than 3,000 people.