It's no secret area charities rely heavily on donations to keep their doors open and cupboards full.
But what are the needs locally? Not all goods and service providers have the same criteria when it comes to assisting others. A few charities in town are well set for the immediate future, thanks to the generosity of others. Still, others are coming up short when attempting to meet the immediate needs of their clients.
At Catholic Social Services, the need is great for most all donations, director Tom Schik said. Items accepted at St. Joseph Gift and Thrift Store, 325 W. Second St., include everything from working automobiles to furniture, appliances and clothing.
In most instances, pickup of furniture and appliances can be scheduled during normal business hours of 9 am. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday by calling 402-463-2151.
Food pantry donations may be dropped off at the Catholic Social Services office at 333 W. Second St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.