Written by: Kristine Pratt
It's November which means it's Turkey Time and moving closer to Christmas time. Many focus on those less fortunate in our community, including two people who spend their entire year. They go On the Record
to talk about what is needed this year.
Pamela Atkinson who has been helping the homeless for more that 20 years, and Jose Lazaro, the director of Catholic Community Services, say that money, hygiene kits, laundry detergent, clothing, especially socks, and toys for children are what's needed most. There is also always a need for volunteers.
Requests for help come in all season, but Atkinson says that "sometimes, their pride gets in the way. We still get calls on the 23rd, 24th of December." They even get requests for toys on Christmas Day!
When asked what is frustrating for these two that are constantly helping. Lazaro says that "sometimes it's tough not being able to meet the needs for everyone."
"There's so much we can do," Atkinson says, and that sometimes makes it hard. "When you talk to families, you know there is a bright moment for them, but they're not seeing hope beyond the holidays."
"We're all part of the big team, and when everyone plays their roles, wonderful things can happen."
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, and to visit the site for Catholic Community Services, click here