Charities seeking last-minute donations for needy Triangle children
Posted December 15, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — With Christmas 10 days away, some area charities are in a serious situation. Donations are down, and the needs are up.
More than 1,300 of the 8,800 children the Salvation Army is trying to help this year through its Angel Tree campaign have no gifts in their box at the organization's Raleigh warehouse.
"It makes me feel really sad because I was once one of those kids," Salvation Army volunteer Teressa Jackson said Monday. "When I got those toys, I was really, really grateful because we didn't have much. I was one of 14 kids, and so my family, we were always in need."
Because the Salvation Army made Christmas possible for her family, Jackson said she now wants to give back.
"There's always something for us to do," she said. "I feel awesome. I feel like I have given back to the community, and I feel like I have helped somebody's child."
The Salvation Army did receive 450 bikes from the Triangle Spokes group, and officials said they also have plenty of toys for the children. But they are short on clothes, especially for older children.
The need is also great at the Durham Rescue Mission, where officials were hoping to have 13,000 toys to hand out to needy children this Christmas. As of Monday evening, they have less than 2,000 on the shelves.
"It's like this every year," said Rob Tart, chief operating officer for the Durham Rescue Mission. "We always get nervous. We are on our knees. We are asking the Lord to bless. We are asking the community to come through."
Angel Lewis of Holly Springs came through Monday afternoon, stopping by the Salvation Army with a minivan filled with gifts.
"It's great because you know that you are doing your part for the community, and that's what the season is all about," Lewis said.
People can still drop off new, unwrapped items at the Salvation Army warehouse, at 2116 New Bern Ave., all day Tuesday. Volunteers and staff will distribute gifts to area families Wednesday through Friday.
The Durham Rescue Mission will distribute gifts next Tuesday, so donations can be made over the next week at 1201 E. Main St.