Durham Rescue Mission gives away thousands of backpacks to kids

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Thousands of kids in Durham will go back to school with new school supplies thanks to the Durham Rescue Mission.

Their annual back to school party was held Wednesday. The organization gave away 3,135  backpacks with new supplies and clothing to local children in need. Families also picked up new school clothes.

The Durham Rescue Mission also gave away 13,000 articles of clothing. Organizers said the need grows greater every year and there were 4,194 people at the party and cookout on Wednesday. Many lined up long before the event to be sure they had a chance to get a backpack.

“There are a lot of kids who are really disadvantaged from the very beginning. We wanted to address that issue,” Ernie Mills of the Durham Rescue Mission said.

Melva Goodman, whose son is heading into 8th grade, said, “The more they go to school, the more expensive stuff is! This helps out a lot.”

The backpacks and many of the supplies were donated by GlaxoSmithKline and CrossPointe Church of Cary.

Mills says helping these children is an investment in the future of the community.

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