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Richard Piatt ReportingThis is the time of year when there are many different ways to give. In fact, many good causes are facing a familiar challenge this year---competition.
We found a place that serves as an example of the need that exists in this community this holiday season. Parents sign up for 'Sub For Santa'. It's a way for many children to have real toys for Christmas.
Rosa Lopez, Signing up for Sub For Santa: "It's hard because if you don't have money, you can't give them Christmas. And kids always deserve Christmas."
Rosa Lopez is one of many parents who are afraid her children won't have a Christmas because money is so tight. Many of the people in programs like this are the working poor---people who have jobs, but who can't afford a lot of extras.
Thousands of people also need food this year. The Utah Food Bank is collecting food, anticipating the holidays. Charities like these are noticing increasing demand this year. At the same time, many generous Utahns have already given a lot to hurricane relief and other causes. Is there a concern for Christmas?
Amberlie Phillips, Utah Food Bank: "Typically people tend to give to that and then focus on locally. Some of those years turn out to be really good, and that's what we're hoping to see this year."
Jeff St. Romaine, Volunteers of America: "We think it's important to get the word out so that people know there's still people who need help with Christmas for their children."
It's not too late to donate food, toys, and money. The folks running these charities urge you to give what you can---but remember that you can make a difference.
Donations of toys, clothes and other items for children in foster care can be taken to the Christmas Box House at 1181 Chirstmas Box Lane in Ogden.