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Holiday Giving: DRCPT in the Community

By NIEHS
January 2005

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Charle League, above, coordinator for the Summers of Discovery Program, gives Santa Claus some help by opening plastic bags to hold toys chosen by chosen by wide-eyed children, who might otherwise not have much of a Christmas. DRCPT staffers volunteered their time to help at the Durham Rescue Mission's Christmas giveaway Dec. 23.

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Angie Sanders, the DRCPT secretary, checks out a toy for a young girl. Meanwhile, Bill Jirles, in the background, keeps the supply of toys flowing from the supply trucks to the front of the lines, where children “shopped” for their gifts.

Member of the Division of Research Coordination, Planning, and Translation did their part to give back to the community during the holiday season by helping out at the Durham Rescue Mission on Dec. 23. DRCPT staffers were among the group of volunteers handing out toys to needy children.

The Durham Rescue Mission hosts several events each year for needy families. DRCPT Director Allen Dearry introduced the idea earlier this year. DRCPT also worked during a similar event at Easter.

Needy families who came to the Mission received gifts for each child, donated clothing, a food basket and a hot meal. DRCPT staffers at the toy distribution center helped distribute two truck loads of donated toys.

The event was covered in the local media, including Durham's Herald-Sun, WB22 TV, and WRAL TV. More than 1700 people received assistance, with help from 429 volunteers.



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