DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – Hundreds of volunteers got up before sunrise Wednesday to prepare meals and gather school supplies for children in need ahead of the next school year.
“They realize the need and we all have this desire to help those less fortunate,” said Ernie Mills Jr., vice president of development for Durham Rescue Mission.
Help came through the Durham Rescue Mission cheer rally and backpack giveaway.
The organization donated more than two thousand backpacks full of school supplies in addition to food and clothing. There were also games to play and door prizes offered to those in attendance.
A volunteer family said the rescue mission helped their brother during a difficult time in his life. Now they are thankful that they can give back to others in need.
“The job is never done and there will always be a need,” said family member Kristen Thompson. “So as a family, to be able to show up in this place and wrap our arms around the community with an organization like this, that means love continues to flow and we are doing it in honor of my Brother Jordan. “
Duke Health was also on-site to provide COVID-19 tests and vaccinations to anyone eligible who so wished.