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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many are donating their time and money during the holiday season. Organizers at one non-profit says they appreciate the help, but they have a year round need. "Sometimes life is so hard," said Mary Campbell.
People like Mary Campbell depend on government disability assistance. She says it isn't enough. Campbell has been out of work for around five years. She says she was working at Norton in the cafeteria and needed surgery which ended up having complications.
Since then, she has been on a fixed income. "I hate not being able to work," Campbell said.
Campbell is one of the 1,500 people that South Louisville Community Ministries helps out each month. "I don't know what I would do without South Louisville Community Ministries."
Volunteers work to put food on shelves for families just like Campbell's.
They say they have to pick up a ton of food every week. That's in addition to the shipments Dare To Care sends them every month. By the end of the month, the shelves are bare. They say one of the greatest needs is for things like personal items. They say donations help them make ends meet.
Kate Husk of SLCM said 85,000 people live in the four zip codes the organization serves and more than a quarter of them live in poverty. After cuts in government assistance programs like SNAP benefits, organizers say the need has grown even more. "We still have to turn people away," Husk said. Husk said as their funding gets a small increase, the need does as well.
Donations of items, time, money and food can be given to the main office on Ashland Avenue.
Folks can also volunteer at the Adult Day Center on Southern Parkway or help to deliver Meals- on-Wheels to the other people they aim to serve.
The organization is hoping to change the lives of people in South Louisville, just like Mary Campbell, but they say they cannot do it without the help of others in the community, beyond the holiday season.
They say they are in need of Meals-on-Wheels drivers, a receptionist, food packers, people who can pick up or deliver food to seniors, as well as someone to deliver newsletters. Many of the jobs require around two hours of service at a time.