The number of applications for Holiday Bureau aid continues to outpace the number received by the same time last year, the program's coordinator said.
As of Friday, 817 applications had been received since organizers began accepting requests Nov. 1.
"Last year at this time we had 783 applications, so we are up from last year a little bit," said Sherri Cannon, coordinator of the program and executive director of the Ballard Community Center.
"We've got 394 families that have been adopted so far this year, so we are really needing people to call in and adopt a family," she said.
The Holiday Bureau is a holiday assistance program that provides food and gift baskets for eligible low-income families and elderly people.
Anyone wanting assistance should make applications through Friday at any of the following Holiday Bureau agencies: Ballard Community Center, 708 Elm; Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt.; Lawrence Indian Center, 1910 Moodie Rd.; Penn House, 1035 Pa.; and the Salvation Army, 946 N.H.
Anyone wishing to donate funds or adopt a family in need may contact the same agencies.
All recipients and donors remain confidential, and Cannon said donation amounts are flexible.
In 1989, the Holiday Bureau assisted 973 applicants. Cannon said she expected that number to be exceeded this year.