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      Donations dwindle after holidays

      Now that the holidays are over, many non-profit organizations say food donations begin to dwindle, and they tend to depend heavily on the holiday supply.

      The Salvation Army in Hancock says they have received a lot of donations, but too much is never enough.

      "There's kind of a natural letdown after Christmas. That's true everywhere, I think, in not only the retail stores, but also the Salvation Army, but we manage to mettle through," said Captain Mark Brown of the Salvation Army.

      They also came up $31,000 short of their Christmas fundraising goal of $137,500 for this season, but the Salvation Army says it's normal for them to carry that aim in the month of January to fully meet their total amount.

      At the St. Vincent de Paul Society, they also do their best to help people with all types of assistance.

      "We get folks that come in for heating assistance, electrical assistance, and they come in for food. We also get folks that occasionally need help with rent,â?? said Carla Johnson, store manager.

      All of the merchandise sales from the store stay in the local area to help people in need.

      Though this pantry may look full, St. Vincent de Paul says it will be empty by March, and the amount of people that have come here asking for assistance has doubled in the past two years.

      During these tough economic times, even the smallest gift can make a difference when it comes to helping others.

      "Everybody needs help at some point in time, and it's always a nice boost for folks when they can come in and know that they can get a little helping hand," Johnson said.

      No matter what type of donations these organizations get, they say as long as people are in need, they will do their best to help all year long.