Emergency Money Helps Charity
One of those pantries in need is the Salvation Army in Jefferson City. The store room looks full now, but volunteers say this will only last about a week and a half.
Shelves empty quickly at local food pantries. Jefferson City's Salvation Army alone is preparing to serve around 450 families. Meaning shelves need to be stocked even more often.
This Salvation Army has noticed a significant increase in need this year. Currently they only have 100 turkeys for the families. That prompted an emergency grant of $3500 from the United Way of mid-Missouri. This will be in addition to food drives which means they still need your help.
"There's so many needy people out there and a lot of people are not even going to be able to afford turkey, so if we can get turkeys and food and help some people, that would just be the time of my life just to see the smiles on their faces," said Salvation Army volunteer Omar Brisendine.
They are always looking for more canned goods and turkeys. Right now they're only at 71% of their total goal for the year.
If you would like to donate, you can contact the Salvation Army at (573) 635-1975, or items can be dropped off in person at 927 Jefferson Street in Jefferson City.
Nationwide, holiday shoppers are also dropping fewer dollars into the Salvation Army kettles. The Salvation Army says kettle donations in St. Louis are down about $113,000. Overall, the campaign is running about $200,000 less than last year.Through Wednesday, the Army had raised $1.9 million. That is about 43% of its goal.