Last-minute donations help make Durham Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving possible as donations are down

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Preparations are underway at the Durham Rescue Mission for Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner. The plan is to provide hot meals to hundreds of people in need.

Nearly 500 volunteers are helping with cooking turkeys, bagging free groceries, serving, and delivering the meals to those in the community who are in need.

But this year, officials with the Durham Rescue Mission said donations were down tremendously as they almost didn’t have enough turkeys for this year’s annual dinner.

“The donations have been really low,” said Rob Tart, president and CEO of the Durham Rescue Mission. “In years in the past, we would have 700 come in or even 900 come in. This year, we weren’t even getting to 100 very quickly and we were starting to panic.”

Tart said they usually need about 500 turkeys to feed the community from Thanksgiving through…

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