Local Charities Hurting for Help

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

With so many jobs available, local charity directors say it's a great sign of the economy that more people are going back to the work force, but at times like this they're hurting for more helping hands.

"People who have been retired have been called back into the work force so this is hurting us desperately," Margaret Burton, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels in Odessa, said.

Good sign of a booming economy not so much for our local charities who thrive on that extra help.

"We've been begging for volunteers now for the past 6 months," Burton said.

For months, non-profit groups like Meals on Wheels have been struggling to keep up with their needs, at least 30 people to be exact, and that's not the only place hit hard during this holiday season.

"We've never started with half with the bell ringers so I would consider this a crisis, we need folks right away," Sgt. Jay Ward, with Salvation Army in Odessa, said.

The West Texas Food Bank also needs at least two dozen people and plenty of canned goods.

"It's hard everybody is struggling, all of us agencies are struggling, and we've all been trying to help each other," Kay Dawson, Director of Servants for the Poor in Odessa, said.

A lot of these smaller agencies rely heavily on West Texas Food Bank for their food supply, but because they're also running low on stock.   Places like servants for the poor are also suffering from the shortage.

"We're in the prayer mode again, we're praying for what we need in Christmas, somehow it's amazing how things come together here when we don't think they are," Dawson said.

Servants for the Poor continues fighting for the families in need and in search of those who can devote some time and meals.

"It's the passion, it's the love, it's what you see in the eyes of those that you give," Dawson added.

Despite a fire that nearly destroyed their building last Thanksgiving, the damages still remain, and so does the cause.

"You know fire's devastating, but it's made us stronger around here it's given us things like heat and air that we didn't have so it was a blessing maybe in disguise, but the community really showed us that they cared about us," Dawson said.