POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 6:58pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 7:31pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — During the holidays, The Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels received many food and clothing donations from people all over East Texas.
Now that the Christmas decorations and holiday cheer is put away, so have the donations.
"We see a little bit of an incline and an increase in the type of support we get during the holidays and maybe a little bit less interest after they've passed," said Zoe Lawhorn, Meals on Wheels Vice President of Development.
Lawhorn said not only does Meals on Wheels need more food donations this time of year, but they also need more volunteers.
"Today, just a normal Monday in January, we have three or four routes open that are open every week because we don't have a volunteer for that spot. That is one of the places you really see a need right now this time of year," said Lawhorn.
Meals on Wheels serves over 3,000 people hot meals everyday in all six counties.
Lawhorn tells KETK the need for food increases every year especially for senior citizens.
The Salvation Army is another organization feeling the same loss.
The organization raised $290,000 during their red kettle fundraiser.
But now since the holidays are over, the need for items especially blankets and warm clothes are greater.
"We've seen more people coming in because of the cold weather and unemployment but the donations have shortened after the holidays," said Chantel Millan, Community and Corporate Relations Coordinator for The Salvation Army.
Both organizations tell KETK even with the holidays over, the need is always there.
"The need is there all year. It's not just there in the winter months. It's definitely there in January and as we move forward in the next 12 months," said Lawhorn.