Columbia Charities Don't Need the Sweets

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COLUMBIA - The day after Halloween always brings the question of what to do with all of that leftover candy. Food pantries, churches and homeless shelters have collected donations in the past, but many Columbia charities are in need of other supplies at this time of year.

The brand new Ronald McDonald House saw computer donations come through the front doors Friday.

Community outreach coordinator Angela Huntington said the house is currently stocked with plenty of food and toiletry items. However, it's in need of gift cards during the holiday season.

"During the holiday times we have families that come that would be away from their home at Christmas time and so it would be really great to be able to have a stock pile of Walmart cards or Target cards to be able to buy presents specifically for those individual families at the time when they're staying here."

The Central & Northeast Missouri Food Bank is not collecting Halloween candy donations either. Instead, it is continuing to look for volunteers and collecting food donations.

The Salvation Army in Columbia and Jefferson City is also in need of supplies during this time of year. Regional development director Cyndy Chapman told KOMU 8 News the charity is looking for donations of cots, pillows, blankets and towels.