With rising gas prices and today's unstable economy, many are having trouble taking care of their own family much less giving to charities.
Local non-profits are seeing the effects of this trend.
Ron Crozier at Twin City Mission says they have not only seen a decrease in donations, but the quality of donations has also gone down.
People are not out shopping and replacing items like last year.
March of Dimes has seen a 15 percent decrease in funds raised this summer.
But its not only the decrease in donations that are hurting local charities, but an increase in people needing support.
The Brazos Church Pantry helps people in the Brazos Valley.
They are seeing an increase of people every month.
In August they fed 13-hundred people, that is up from 12-hundred in July.
And the Christian Community Services in Navasota is supplying food to 6-hundred people, that's up from around 4-hundred last year.
The Salvation Army is also seeing more people needing help.
The demand for food has gone up 60 percent.
Although summer isn't a big time for giving, many are worried these numbers won't taper off by the holidays.
If these numbers don't improve, they may have to find ulterior funds through fundraisers or they may even have to reduce their services.
If you would like more information on any of these organizations, or to make a donation, just click on the links below.
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