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Back to School Backpack Give-away and Cookout

Since 1999, the Durham Rescue Mission has held an annual community outreach event, to provide new backpacks filled with new school supplies for at-risk children.  The Durham Rescue Mission wants to give children the opportunity to be prepared for a great school year.

On August 19th, students with their parents or guardian can come to 1201 E Main Street and enjoy a day filled with free hot dogs, carnival games, clothing, groceries, and a new backpack filled with school supplies! Our staff, residents, and volunteers hope our Back to School Party helps encourage children to stay in school!


We want to be a blessing to school aged children.  Please help spread the word about our “Back to School Party and Backpack Give-away” at the Durham Rescue Mission on Wednesday, August 19th at 9:00am, where they can receive a free backpack filled with school supplies.


You can help provide for at-risk children by donating new backpacks, new school supplies, or by making a financial donation to help provide these items and much more!  Donations of supplies may be dropped off at 1201 East Main Street in Durham … or you can order school supplies online and have they shipped to the Durham Rescue Mission at 1201 East Main St., Durham, NC 27701.  Below is a list of sites for Back to School items:


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Below is a list of items that go into 1 backpack at our Back to School Party:

  • 2 Binders (Soft or Hard)
  • 1 Composition Book
  • 1 Spiral Notebook
  • 1 Pack Loose Leaf Paper
  • 1 Pack Pencils (12 ct)
  • 2 Black Pens
  • 2 Red Pens
  • 4 Highlighters (2 Yellow, 2 Others)
  • 2 Blue Pocket Presentation Folders
  • 2 Other Color Pocket Presentation Folders
  • 12 Inch Ruler
  • 24 Pack Crayons
  • 1 Pack Colored Pencils
  • 1 Wedge Eraser
  • 1 Pencil Sharpener
  • 1 Pencil Box
  • 1 Binder Pencil Bag
  • Scissors
  • 1 Bottle Glue (4 oz liquid)
  • 2 Glue Sticks


Volunteers who wish to help serve on this special day may contact our Volunteer Department at (919) 688-9641, ext. 5025 or email

For financial donations please use the secure form below or mail your donation to Durham Rescue Mission, PO Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703. Any gifts received above our current need will be used to help care for the needy throughout the year.

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