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1,000 Will Be Fed at Durham Rescue Mission

Posted December 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Many see the holidays as a time to count their blessings, and some do that by helping others. In Durham, it's happening at the Durham Rescue Mission, where 250 volunteers are gearing up to serve dinner for almost 1,000 people.

The volunteers and diners come from all over Durham County. Ernie Mills started the mission 23 years ago. He told WRAL-TV5's Bob Langford it has grown considerably over the years.

Mills says the amount of food that's donated and prepared is astounding.

Mills says the gathering is much like a party, but it has to be held outdoors because of the size of the crowd.

Tents, cookers and food were all donated to the mission for this event. Mills says the entire Triangle area supports his efforts at this time of year.

Before the event ends, people will be able to get Christmas trees, toys, and frozen turkeys to prepare at home.

Photographer:Keith Baker