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Nonprofits seek aid beyond holidays
Ruth Baumann stocks shelves in the pantry at The Place of Forsyth County, which provides food for residents in need. - photo by Autumn McBride
The families at Abba House had a great Christmas.The nonprofit received an outpouring of gifts during the holidays, said Jim Sharp, founder of the facility, a recovery center for women dealing with issues of addiction, depression or eating disorders.The children got bicycles and their mothers received perfume.But with the holidays over, the shelter still lacks more practical items. Sharp said the kids need school supplies and their mothers could use shampoo.Support often dwindles after the holidays, Sharp said, though the shelter’s families have the same basic needs and rely on the community’s generosity.“We can be more practical and smarter about giving by understanding that organizations like Abba House need donations 12 months of the year,” Sharp said.Many nonprofits face the same scenario, said Nicole McCoy, executive director of Forsyth County Community Connection.Giving is at the forefront during the holidays, whether because it’s a reflective time or because people want to take advantage of year-end tax deductions, she said.The holiday season often focuses on presents, she said, which is a different type of giving than what nonprofits look for the rest of the year.“The public was so gracious in giving gifts,” she said. “What’s hard is that in order to continue operating ... we also need cash donations.”