Updated: Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010, 8:12 PM CST
Published : Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010, 8:12 PM CST
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin's Christmas Bureau charity is in need of help this holiday season. 1,800 families in need have yet to be sponsored for donations this year.?
The Christmas Bureau normally takes in around $80,000 in donations for the holidays, but this year, there has been only $15,000 in donations so far.
"A lot of our sponsors are applicants this year- I mean, things are hard all the way across the board," said Assistant Director Shon Washington.
The deadline to donate was Tuesday, December 21, but because of the need this year, volunteers elected to stay open until they meet the needs of as many families as possible.
The Bureau is also in need of volunteers to wrap the gifts they have collected.
"We're calling people- we've never done that. (Asking them to ) come pick it up- we've got stuff for you," said Washington. "I just don't have the manpower to go out and deliver it all."
Single mother Monica Magallanez got that call on Tuesday.
"I wasn't really expecting for them to call me today or even at all because I know there are a lot of other families out there who aren't as fortunate," she said. "To be honest, any little thing helps right now, so I'm grateful for anything I can get."
The Christmas Bureau started in 1964 with a focus on families with young children. They provide gifts, gift cards, and holiday meals for families in need.
Donations to most non-profits have been down in 2010, while holiday spending is up.
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