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Families in need may still have time to get help this holiday season

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Elizabeth Hardy, Western Region Director for Catholic Charities West Virginia, says with Christmas just around the corner there are a lot of families in need and they don't know where to go for help to get Christmas gifts.  The number of families in need seems to increase every year.  Hardy adds, "for some reason this year we are receiving a lot of new calls from families that have never had to ask for help before".  Unexpected hard times or emergency circumstances can mean a lot of tough choices between paying bills, putting food on the table, or providing Christmas gifts to your children.

Crisis can strike at any time, but Santa knows no deadlines. When you're in crisis, where there is a will there is a way.  Hardy says Catholic Charities West Virginia typically gets a couple of last minute calls from families, which is why they try to keep an extra stash of presents.

Most charities, like Catholic Charities West Virginia, require registration prior to Thanksgiving to ensure enough gifts are collected.  Hardy says while the organization can't help everyone, they understand that last minute emergency situations do occur and they will help if they possibly can.

Catholic Charities West Virginia has already collected 600 presents.  Most will go to those who registered and some will find last minute families in need. 

Most charitable organizations, like Catholic Charities West Virginia, only bend the registration deadlines in emergency circumstances.  These eligible families are still subject to the standard application process.