East Texas charities need help all year long

East Texas volunteer organizations say it'd be helpful if people spent time giving back other than the holidays

TYLER - David Kester said he hopes to volunteer at the East Texas Food Bank every Friday as part of his weekly routine. He said it can be done if he makes a habit out of it. It's a work in progress, he's usually at the food bank packing and boxing rice and beans. 

"People need help all the time," Kester said. "The more we can do to meet that need the better." 

As the holidays are getting closer, Charlolette Jones, who organizes the volunteer shifts said there's usually an increase during the months of November and December. 

"Usually January up until school ends, we're kind of short [on] volunteers," Jones said.

In an interview with USA Today, Eileen Hesiman, the CEO and president of the National Philanthropic Trust said the holidays can be an overwhelming moment for one-time volunteers. 

Over at the Salvation Army, Captain Robert Parker said people can help by washing and folding bed sheets for the homeless. He said community service is always appreciated, but it's even better when the motivation to give back is all year round. 

"Through out the year we have opportunities for people," Parker said. "There's 364 other days that we're serving meals as well." 

The East Texas Food Bank is still looking for volunteers to help pack meals for students and the elderly. 

 

 

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