The economy is hitting everyone hard, especially those agencies that help others. Inter-Faith Ministries reported Tuesday that Operation Holiday is having severe difficulty meeting their goals this season. They need help, in the form of food and cash.
"Desperate, I feel very desperate. We're not going to make it with what we have," said Cheryl Laird, Operation Holiday Coordinator.
Operation Holiday has been around for years, helping people in need. Now, they are in need. They have received only half of their normal cash contributions this year and they need 80,000 more food items.
"At this particular time, we need cash because we still have $140,000 we need to raise," said Sam Muyskens, Inter-Faith Ministries.
With the economy down, the first people to always feel the pinch are the poor. Without more donations, the Operation Holiday food warehouse won't be able to feed the people.
Over 13,000 people have signed up for assistance and as of Tuesday, there is not enough food to feed all who need it.
Distribution of the food items begins this Thursday and Friday, December 11th and 12th, so time is short and the need is critical.
Food and cash donations can be left at all Dillons stores, the UMB Bank, all Schofield dealerships and at Inter-Faith Ministries, located at 829 N. Market.