GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The holidays are a time for celebrating and family time, but for many it's also a time for giving back. Local non profits say they see an increase in donations towards the end of the year.
Canned foods and meats are one thing many food pantries accept as donations. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Grand Island's Salvation Army says they definitely see an increase this time of year, which is good because they really need it. The group had a partnership with Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, but after they recently closed down they're needing to replace those donations.
With their shelves looking a little bare right now, there are certain things that they are looking for.
"Right now, we are really short on fruit and pasta products like spaghetti macaroni, hamburger helper, tuna helper, rice, soups, canned meats are always good," Social Service Director Sue Meier told Local4 News.
The Salvation Army also gives out toiletry items like shampoo and conditioner. They say they are always needing items like that and paper products like toilet paper.
They serve between 600 and 800 individuals in Grand Island each month and say these donations are what helps them do it.
Across town Hope Harbor also relies heavily on donations this time of year, but says they often get items they can't use. While they are always grateful for donations, The shelter doesn't have room for items like clothes or furniture which they often get.
They are asking that if people are wanting to donate that they stick with food items like fruit, meat or sliced bread. They also say they always need toiletries like toilet paper and feminine hygiene products because they go through them like crazy.
The shelter has been at capacity since March so they say they are just running low on everything.
"We're a nonprofit so obviously we work on a pretty tight budget," Marketing Coordinator Renae Swanson said. "Donations are really something that we truly do need and that helps us stretch our dollars. We are getting to the time of year where we are having our holiday appeal and our letters will be going out. That's the folding donation money that we always appreciate any time of year."
If you're wanting to make a donation to a nonprofit like the Salvation Army or Hope Harbor, but not sure if it's something they can use they say you can always give them a call ahead of time and ask. Or you can check out the Hope Harbor www.hopeharborgi.org/donate for a complete list of items they can use.