The Durham Rescue Mission is doing it again! Their annual Back To School Party kicks off tomorrow morning at 9am at 1201 E. Main Street.
More than 500 volunteers, the mission staff and residents are expected to serve 10,000 free hot dogs, host carnival games with prizes, give away 12,000 free clothing items along with 1,800 free bags of groceries and 3,500 free backpacks filled with school supplies for all students who attend with a parent or guardian. Last year, more than 4,500 students attended this event.
Last year, children and their parents started lining up for event as early as 4:00 A.M. to ensure they would get a free backpack with supplies.
8:45 AM Welcome 2014 School Year Students
9:00 AM Ringing of School Bells by Dr. Ernie Mills, GlaxoSmithKline Reps, Joe Touey, SVP North America Pharma IT and Tom Scales, VP National Accounts, Dr. Bert L’Homme, Superintendent, DPS Board of Education, and Wendell Davis, Durham County Manager
9:00 AM Distribution begins of 3,600 backpacks to needy children
9:00 AM Begin serving 10,000 Hot Dogs
9:00 AM Children begin enjoying G. I. Joe inflatable slide, snow cones, balloons, and carnival games with prizes!
WHERE: Durham Rescue Mission (Corner of Hwy 55 and Main Street)
1201 East Main Street, Durham, North Carolina
WHY: “This community event is a necessity in this economy. Many families are just one paycheck away from being homeless. Our Back to School event is a blessing to many families in the Triangle who are struggling.” said Ernie C. Mills, Founder and CEO of the Durham Rescue Mission. “Our goal, as always, is to provide children with the tools they need to get excited about going back to school, all of which is possible because of our generous sponsors and tireless volunteers.”