DURHAM: Durham Rescue Mission brings Christmas to area's needy - WVTM-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Birmingham, AL

Happy Holidays

Durham Rescue Mission hands out turkeys and toys for Christmas event

Posted: Updated:
Rob Tart, COO, Durham Rescue Mission Rob Tart, COO, Durham Rescue Mission
DURHAM, N.C. -

Volunteers began cooking 175 turkeys at 7 p.m. Monday night in preparation for the Durham Rescue Mission's Annual Christmas Community Dinner.

The Christmas dinner is the rescue's second-largest event of the year next to their Thanksgiving dinner.

Over 500 volunteers set up and served Christmas dinner to the area's homeless and less fortunate on Tuesday. Doors opened to the needy at 12 p.m.

Other events took place before, during and after the dinner. The Moravian Brass Band performed and Miss North Carolina, Johna Edmonds, helped with the toy giveaway.

Volunteers handed out toys, groceries, food and clothing to thousands of children and families.

Nine-year-old Lauren Sullivan was among those handing out toys. She collected 514 toys for the event.

"I wanted to help out," Lauren said. "I wanted to help kids because a lot of homeless kids, they don't have a lot of presents on Christmas."

Lauren's mother, Kristin Sullivan, said instead of presents and a party for her birthday -- which falls on Dec. 12 -- Lauren wanted to help out.

"She actually told me she wanted to feed the homeless and get a set of bongos," Sullivan said. "So mom and dad handled the bongos, and she handled the 500 toys for the Durham Rescue Mission."

The Rescue Mission had a shortage of toys for boys and girls ages 10-12, but thanks to last minute donations, it is in good shape.

During Tuesday's event, over 12,000 toys were given away to at-risk children and more than 8,000 articles of clothing and 1,500 bags of groceries were also handed out.

For more information, visit the Durham Rescue Mission's website.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:07:04 GMT
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
  • Piedmont Farm Tour

    Piedmont Farm Tour

    Piedmont Farm Tour

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:25:38 GMT
    The 2014 Piedmont Farm Tour is happening April 26-27 from 2-6pm both days! Come learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm food scene. Meet local farmers tour their farms!View ourGoogle Interactive Mapfor alist ofthe exceptional farms on the tour this year – with driving directions!Download a PDF of theFarm Tour Brochure - Farm tour maps, directions and descriptions of all the fun things to do at each farm! How to Take the Piedmont Farm Tour Load up a car with your friends andfamily...
    The 2014 Piedmont Farm Tour is happening April 26-27 from 2-6pm both days! Come learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm food scene. Meet local farmers tour their farms!View ourGoogle Interactive Mapfor alist ofthe exceptional farms on the tour this year – with driving directions!Download a PDF of theFarm Tour Brochure - Farm tour maps, directions and descriptions of all the fun things to do at each farm! How to Take the Piedmont Farm Tour Load up a car with your friends andfamily...
Powered by WorldNow

1732 Valley View Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209

Telephone: 205.933.1313
Fax: 205.323.3314
Email: newstips@alabamas13.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.