by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - In the past year, the Area Missions Outreach Services (AMOS) has had plenty of warm clothes and food to offer to those in need, but lately that hasn't been the case.
"Just last month, we doubled our numbers. Every month it increases. Unfortunately I'm having to refer to other agencies because I'm low on funds," Executive Director of AMOS, Maria Rodriguez, said.
Some 560 people have walked through the doors at AMOS recently asking for help, and Rodriguez says since donations are low they aren't able to help people like they used to.
"People have lost their jobs and it's a difficult situation. We are having to turn to the Midland community to help us help others," Rodriguez said.
Officials at AMOS say they aren't asking for you to purchase new items, but donate what's sitting in your closet; that alone can make a difference.
"My wife and I had coats just sitting in our closet. There are a lot of people out there who need help," Jack Pallick, who donated clothes to AMOS, said.
Rodriguez says she's hopeful the community will come forward and turn this desperate situation around.
"Just step up to the plate. It's cold outside. If you cant afford to buy things, at least donate something," Pallick said.