With the holiday season in full swing, many charities and non-profit agencies are hoping it will still be a season of giving. But will many Brazos Valley residents be tapped out after contributions for hurricane relief efforts?
" We're a little concerned about the resources because people were so generous during Katrina that we're kind of concerned about the holidays," said Kay Parker with United Way.
Parker hopes that the Brazos Valley will still come through when it comes to helping make the holidays better for the needy. Last Christmas the United Way helped nearly 500 families. But with all the donations made during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, people may not be able to give as much this year.
" We're so blessed to have such a generous community here and I really feel like if people have it they can and will give," said Parker.
" I was the first to think, oh no, we're really going to have a hard time this Christmas season," said Project Unity director, Jeannie McGuire.
McGuire admits she was concerned but to her surprise donations are high, the storeroom is stocked with bags of toys, racks of clothes, and shelves full of food.
" It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is stepping up and they're going above and beyond their means, but their hearts and compassion is by far surpassing anything I've ever seen," said McGuire.
With more people in need of help this year due to the hurricanes, all charity groups in Bryan/College Station have been working together to make sure everyone is taken care of.
" The holiday season is always very hectic, very chaotic and we don't want to leave any of our families without," said McGuire.
There will be plenty of opportunities to make the holidays special for those in need. KBTX will keep you informed on all the toy and food drives throughout December.