Busy time of year as non-profits ask for more volunteers

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Several non-profit organizations are gearing up for the busiest time of the year, and officials hope the holidays bring a spike in donations.

Officials estimate they collect 45% of their annual donations in the next two months. They say they need help.

There are empty shelves in the food pantries at the United Way Community Food Bank, Jimmie Hale Mission, and Salvation Army.

At Jimmie Hale Mission, officials say donations are down, but they are hopeful that will change in the next few months.

"We just encourage people do what you can," said Executive Director of the Jimmie Hale Mission, Tony Cooper, "If you don't have money, volunteer your time. Volunteers are helpful all the time especially during the holidays."

The Executive Director of the United Way Community Food Bank, Larry Logan, said area businesses are starting to host food drives. He is optimistic that will help fill up his shelves.

"If everybody gives a little bit it helps in the long run," said Logan, "That is what we are hoping. There are a lot of people with a lot of need this time."

Officials at the Salvation Army said they see more people needing help this time of year, and that is why donations are so important.

"The need is up this year," said Tree Davidson, "We've seen since May an extra 200 clients a month, that is a lot. We are trying to prepare for that."