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Toys, food make holidays special for families in need

The smell of ham and turkey filled the air Monday at the Durham Rescue mission as thousands of meals were served to those in need.

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DURHAM, N.C. — Volunteers across the Triangle are trying to make the holidays special for those less fortunate.

More than 100 turkeys and 40 hams were served with all the trimmings Monday at the Durham Rescue Mission at 1201 East Main St.

People began lining up at the rescue mission at around 6:30 a.m. Organizers said they were expecting nearly 2,500 people at the annual Community Christmas Dinner.

The Durham Rescue Mission spent the past few months collecting thousands of new toys for the children.

For many of the children, the event will be their Christmas. Organizers said looking at the smiles on the children's faces make it worthwhile.

Volunteers also handed out Christmas gifts and clothes for people in need.

The Raleigh Rescue Mission did its part to help others on Christmas Eve. Dozens of volunteers helped prepare, package and deliver 400 holiday meals to people in need.

The program is part of the "Gobbles to Go" free meal delivery program.


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