The Salvation Army Says Number of Those In Need Has Quadrupled
It's been a rough past few years for many people in Northern Nevada.
Many continue to struggle, but time and time again this community responds in a big way.
It's no different this year, a number of organizations in our area are stepping up to help meet the need.
Major Michael Zielinski with The Salvation Army said the need gets worse every year.
He said the requests for help have quadrupled since 2010.
"We're anticipating, as we begin taking applications for Christmas, probably around 3,500 families we will help and over 9,000 children. Last year, we were just under 9,000 children. So, we anticipate growth in that area."
There are a few ways you can help out those in our area this holiday season. We here at Channel 2 News are teaming up with the The Salvation Army to collect toys for children this Christmas through the Toys for Tots program.
Here's how it works. You go shopping for a child and bring the new toy to one of the 100 locations in the Reno-Sparks area. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserves collect the toys and then distribute them to children in need.
You can also purchase a gift for a child through the Angel Tree program.
I also talked with Jocelyn Lantrip from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
She said they need help this time of year as well and the shelves at the food bank's warehouse are running low.
"It just seems more and more families are in trouble. It's hard to believe it can get worse, but it is. Still, one in four children in our area don't have enough to eat. That number gets a little worse every year, too."
To watch the entire interview, tune into Face the State this Saturday at 4:30am and 4:30pm. It also airs Sunday at 6:30am.