Local charities see slump in donations during spring


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Wabash Valley charities see a spike in donations and volunteers during the holidays, but what about the rest of the year?

One local charity is struggling as spring approaches.

“We like to work with our donors throughout the year to bring in donations,” said Jennifer Buell, development director with Catholic Charities.

The battle against hunger is a year-round struggle but for Catholic Charities of Terre Haute it proves more difficult in the spring.

“The spring time is often a more difficult time for a couple of reasons. One is we’re not in the holiday time when people are thinking about giving, and the other is, in the summertime people will be growing in their garden and bring in their extra produce,” Buell said.

In a given year they serve 1,500 children through programs at the Ryves Youth Center. For those children food donations are essential.

“They receive a meal every evening for some of those kids besides the lunch they get at school that may be the only meal they eat,” Buell explained.

They also need donations to fill nearly 1,000 backpacks every weekend, that benefit kids across six counties.

“Items like individual cups of fruit, or individual meals that they can open up on their own are always really great items for them to receive,” stated Buell.

It’s not only donating money but time. Catholic Charities currently has over 800 volunteers but could use more.

“We need volunteers over the soup kitchen to help prepare meals. There is always a need for volunteers and they are always welcome,” continued Buell.

And according to Buell, the need continues to grow.

“Our programs run 365 days a year, and there is not a down time when it comes to need.”

Catholic Charities food bank received over 1,300 pounds of food in donations from the Home Show last weekend. The “March Against Hunger” will also continue until the end of the month.

For more information on how you can help, check out this link.

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