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Non Profits Benefit During The Holidays

It's a busy time of year for shopping malls and retail stores, but it's also the most fruitful time for non profits organization as well. With the holiday's among us, people are in the spirit of giving. That giving will get non profits through the coming months.  

From its food pantry, to coat drives to building parks for East Texas children, PATH or People Attempting To Help provides for the needy all year long. It's this time of year, PATH says it gets 25 percent of its annual funding.

"People give at the end of the year because of the holidays," said Christina Fulsom, PATH Executive Director. "A lot of people give at the end of the year because of taxes and tax write offs at the end of the year. Regardless of the reason it's the time when we receive the most of our funding." People are not the only ones needing help, so are the animals. This year, the Smith County Humane Society along with Petland is collecting supplies through its angel tree.

"It's one of those things that yes they need supplies all the time, but this time of year we collect supplies that will take them through several months, and supplies then that they don't have to use money that they've collected in donations," said Robin Visniski, Petland Owner.  For one non profit, however, the need is now for donations, and it's not money.

"With the holiday giving and what have you, the best gift you could possibly give is the gift of life, which is blood," said Mark Kimberley, Tyler Donor Center Coordinator for Stewart Regional Blood Cebter. "Especially East Texas hospitals, their volumes go up, emergency volumes go up. There's a lot of traffic fatalities, traffic accidents." When you are doing your holiday shopping this year, think about your local non profit organizations who depend on you to help others.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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