ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The early blast of cold weather is causing a spike in calls to local charities.
News 4 talked to several non-profit organizations that say the need for assistance has drastically increased as the temperature dropped.
“Last year at this time we gave out 146 coats. This year we are at 366. So over double. The need is great. The need is so great,” said Rosemary Hanley, Executive Director of the Little Bit Foundation.
The Little Bit Foundation partners with local schools to provide coats, shoes, school uniforms and other essential items to underprivileged students. Little Bit serves 17 schools, and 5,000 kids. The Foundation collects coats, shoes, school uniforms, socks and underwear. Socks and underwear are the most requested items from less fortunate families.
Hanley said she expects a big increase in requests for assistance as the cold weather continues.
“We see more and more need. Because, if you don’t know if you can keep your heat on or have hot running water to wash your clothes, you’re gonna pick keep your heat on, not wash your clothes,” Hanley, said.
Hanley said Little Bit is able to keep up with the growing need thanks to an army of volunteers. Organizers work with corporations to secure funding and supplies. Local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops contribute by making scarves for children.
The Little Bit Foundation is looking for volunteers and donations. For those interested in holding a collection drive or helping Little Bit, click here.