Early Need for Holiday Food
Donations to help those people may not come in time. This year, the charities that help families have a good holiday say they'll be hard pressed to take care of everyone.
"The amount of senior citizens has gone up three times," City councilwoman Almeta Crayton said, "We have never seen that many senior citizens."
The "Everybody Eats" event is trying to stay true to its name and provide food for everyone this thanksgiving. But donations aren't coming in as fast as they're going out.
"I mean we can do this, this is nothing. I mean we can make those baskets, fast," Crayton said, "But we got to have the stuff to work with,"
People are promising donations, and Crayton doesn't doubt they will come. But she needs the food now. At the Voluntary Action Center, the goal is to have more than 1,100 Christmas families paired with sponsors by next week.
"That last 90 seems like it's kind of one-by-one-by-one. But I'm sure it'll happen," Voluntary Action Center member Nancy Finke said.
Both charities are confident that the holiday spirit will spread in time, and everyone will be able to celebrate.
To donate this holiday season call Everybody Eats at 573-441-7069 or the Voluntary Action Center at 573-449-6959.