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Michiana groups need your help for the holidays


The holidays are approaching fast.  Sadly, not everyone can afford what they need for a happy holiday season.  There are several Michiana organizations that help out.

Helping others is one of the things we wanted to do at the FOX28 Highlight of the Year Show on Monday evening. Before the show, we had a food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

Tyler White and his friends donated food at the FOX28 Highlight of the Year Show because, "we know some people can't afford to have food on Thanksgiving."

Marijo Martinec with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana said the need for donations is great because they provide so many people with food.  "We distribute approximately 20,000 lbs of food everyday."

And more and more people are needing that food.  "We saw an increase of 300 households from September-October," said Martinec.

That's why they really appreciate the help people offer during the holiday season.  "This is a time of year where people are feeling extremely generous," said Martinec.

Your help is needed elsewhere too, such as with the Salvation Army's Adopt a Family program.  "We really need sponsors to be calling.  Right now I've got families available," said Major Tracey Walters with the Salvation Army of Niles.

Walters said they have a lot of families to provide for this Christmas, "We took in about 260 applications, so that outreach goes out to probably 500 children that we're going to be serving."

Walters said it's truly heartwarming to be able to give local families the Christmas they can't provide for themselves.  "When they come in to pick it up it's wonderful to see their faces and their excitement and just the appreciation," said Walters. "Sometimes it's just overwhelming and it does bring tears to your eyes."

The Salvation Army in St. Joseph County tells us they have over 1,000 families who have applied for Christmas assistance.  Not every family will be adopted, but no family goes without help.  The Salvation Army said those families that are not adopted will be helped through their other Christmas assistance programs.

If you'd like to help you can learn how you can help with Christmas assistance, click here.

They also said that any families who need assistance but did not register can use other programs in the area like 2-1-1.

The Salvation Army of Niles said if you'd like to help, call their office at 269-684-2660 or just come in during regular office hours.

To learn how to help the Food Bank of Northern Indiana you can visit their website or call them at (574) 232-9986.

All organizations said they'll take monetary donations or volunteers.

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