At Durham Rescue Mission, it's about the caring – and the turkey
At the Durham Rescue Mission, 410 volunteers labored for 14 hours over a recipe to roast 75 turkeys over open flames, sprinkled with love and combined with the traditional trimmings – 80 gallons of green beans and 40 gallons of corn.Posted — Updated
Four hundred and ten volunteers labored for 14 hours over a recipe to roast 75 turkeys over open flames, sprinkled with love and combined with the traditional trimmings – 80 gallons of green beans and 40 gallons of corn.
The turkeys became the main course for more than 1,200 Thanksgiving meals, but volunteers also handed out more 700 bags of groceries and 5,000 articles of clothing.
Caroline Sturdivant and her two daughters came to eat. Life hasn't been so easy for them recently.
"I need a job. I need a place to stay," Sturdivant said, but she came to the Rescue Mission looking for nourishment that doesn't just come from food.
Mignon Brown is in a different financial situation.
"God has blessed me with plenty of food to eat, so I'm blessed," she said. She came to the mission for a different reason: a little company on Thanksgiving Day.
For Rosalind Barrett, Thanksgiving at the Durham Rescue Mission is a tradition. "We come every year – food, clothes, so the kids can play games and stuff, get toys," Barrett said.
She's learned to spread the benefits beyond Thanksgiving, too, picking up clothing for her neighbor's children as well. She plans to come back at Christmas, she said.
"It means a lot just to come out and have fun," Barrett said.
And while turkey is the main draw at dinner time, all the people giving their time to make the tradition happen is the thing for which to be most thankful.
"It's a day for giving, and, you know, I might not have nothing to give fiscally, but I can give by meeting new people, sharing my experiences with them, sharing their experiences with me," Sturdivant said.