Verizon Wireless, Glaxosmithkline And The Durham Rescue Mission Prepare Children For 2008 School Year In North Carolina

DURHAM, NC — Several Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the Triangle area will collect school supplies for underprivileged children whose parents are unable to obtain the necessary supplies for the 2008-2009 school year. The donated school supplies will fill the backpacks of the children expected to attend the 10th Annual Durham Rescue Mission Back to School Party to be held Tuesday, August 19, at the Men's Campus of the Durham Rescue Mission (1201 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701).

From July 1 — July 31, the Durham Rescue Mission is asking the community to donate new colored pencils, erasers, markers, pencils and pens and to bring these items to any of the following four Verizon Wireless stores serving as drop-off locations:

Cary, NC2003 Walnut StreetCary, NC 27511(919) 859-6700

Durham, NC (Indigo Corners)513 New Hope Commons Ext, Suite 101Durham, NC 27707(919) 419-0620

Durham, NC (Streets at Southpoint)6910 Fayetteville Road, Suite 102Durham, NC 27713(919) 572-8900

Raleigh, NC (Brier Creek)8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 107Raleigh, NC 27617(919) 544-4000

Last year, the Durham Rescue Mission donated over 2,500 backpacks filled with school supplies to children, with the help of GlaxoSmithKline, a long-time supporter of the Durham Rescue Mission's 'Back to School Party. Participants were served lunch and families had the opportunity to select clothing and stock up on groceries.

"This event continues to be more successful each year, and we hope that this year will be the best yet," said Ernie C. Mills, Co-Founder and Executive Director 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, which will be possible in large part due to these generous companies and the public."

For more information about the Durham Rescue Mission's "Back to School Party," please visit or contact Rodney McClain of the Durham Rescue Mission at (919) 688-9641, ext. 5025.

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About GlaxoSmithKlineGlaxoSmithKline is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. It is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For company information, please visit  

About the Durham Rescue MissionFounded in 1974, the Durham Rescue Mission is the oldest, largest, most extensive provider of services for homeless men, women, children and families in Durham. Services offered include food, clothing, shelter (emergency and transitional housing), educational opportunities to complete GED, computer training and counseling. Our structured environment aids in eliminating alcohol and other drug dependency.