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Local Charities Need Helping Hands This Holiday Season

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'Tis the season to give and local charities need a helping hand. The days right before the holidays can be their busiest. 'Tis the season to give and local charities need a helping hand. The days right before the holidays can be their busiest.

PASCO, WA - 'Tis the season to give and local charities need a helping hand. The days right before the holidays can be their busiest.

Right before the major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas local charities see a spike in demand and donations.

Organizations giving back to the community need people to volunteer to help meet this need. And they want to remind people not to forget them when the holidays pass.

Building boxes for thousands of pounds of donated food, sorting through donations by pulling produce and filling up boxes to deliver meals to hungry people. It's all work that Second Harvest food bank depends on volunteers to do.

"You see this great spirit of giving. People really sincerely wanting to help. Coming together, having fun in the process and knowing they're making a difference," said Jean Tucker, Second Harvest spokesperson.

"You can do something. It takes very little effort, very little time and you can make a difference," said Nancy Kintner-Meyer, volunteer.

Many people choose to volunteer around Thanksgiving, but the need is there this Christmas and year round.

"The problem of hunger doesn't go away just because the holiday is over and we'd like people to think about what they can do in between holidays and year round in order to help us feed hungry families," Tucker said.

The Tri-Cities Food Banks where people pick up the food need your help too. The food banks are seeing some of their busiest days now right before Christmas.

"People were working way too hard because we didn't have enough volunteers show up today," said John Neill, Tri-Cities Food Bank.

After the holiday season is over, Neill doesn't want people to forget they still need your help.

"We don't see a lot of food drives and those kinds of things right after the holidays. So we have to purchase more and more food and the volunteers start to drop off as well," Neil said.

Neill tells me many of their volunteers at the food bank are seniors who often go to warmer climates for the winter. He encourages people of all ages to give a little time to volunteer and help in a big way.

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