Durham Rescue Mission serves Easter dinner, gives baskets to families in need

The prep work for Easter dinner began on Thursday evening with 750 pounds of pork.

A full night of cooking—and working—later, event workers chopped up the barbecue, distributed 10,000 clothing items and fed thousands at the Durham Rescue Mission’s annual Easter meal on Friday.

“My whole life’s ministry is to help those who really have nothing,” said Ernie Mills, co-founder of the mission, who has been putting on the event with his wife for 41 years.

The mission’s community dinner is held each year to feed and clothe families. At the event, volunteers dished out food while kids ate, played carnival-style games and received Easter baskets.

“One of the things I really enjoy giving away today, we got over 10,000 pieces of clothing that we’ll be giving away,” Mills said. “If you consider $5 a piece, you’re talking about $50,000 worth of clothing that we’ll being giving away today.”

Beginning at noon, the Durham Rescue Mission served the pork barbecue, more than 2,000 hot dogs, 200 pounds of potato salad, 200 pounds of slaw and 2,000 desserts.

,The Durham Rescue Mission’s community dinner is held each year to feed and clothe families in need. At the event on Friday, volunteers dished out food while kids ate, played carnival-style games and received Easter baskets.

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