WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Local non-profits are gearing up for the winter months, and are now accepting applications for holiday assistance. 

People can apply to be a part of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree until Nov. 16. Jami Scott, director of social services with the Salvation Army South Central Area Command, said it usually gives gifts to 10,000 kids in need every year. 

“We have gone through recessions, and we have gone through hard times in Wichita and layoffs and things like that, but this community always sets up and takes care of their own,” Scott said. 

Scott said, because of inflation, the numbers of applicants could increase this year. HumanKind Ministries is also expecting higher numbers as well during its “Operation Holiday” program. 

“We are able to see people give back in ways that we don't usually see throughout the year,” Director of Donor Relations and Community Engagement with HumanKind Greer Cowley said. “It's a great way for the community to get involved. There's a lot of buzz. The phone's been ringing off the hook of people calling, wanting to volunteer.”

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday its raising short term interest rates again, 0.75%, to help combat rising prices. Experts tell KAKE News the changes will affect lower medium and low income families the most. 

“They're the ones that are struggling more and more today,” Jeremy Hill, director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research said. “Although they've had increases because they quit a job and moved up, they're still finding that their dollar's not going as far.”

The Salvation Army and HumanKind are also in need of donations to support families in need ahead of the holidays. Scott said if people are worried about their ability to donate items or give money, also because of inflation, volunteering is just as helpful. 

“We’ve all been touched somehow either by COVID, or by unemployment or inflation, and, you know, we all know people who are struggling,” she said. “So, it doesn't seem to be quite as hard to pick that angel off the tree or to come out and give a few hours of my time to make sure someone else is being taken care of.”