Local nonprofits in need of donations

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- With just a few days left in 2017, local nonprofits are bracing for the cold winter months where the need for services rises.

Like many organizations, the Fresno Rescue Mission sees a surge in donations during the holidays.

"The last couple of months are important to us because we usually see our donations dip throughout the summer," said Fresno Rescue Mission CEO Don Eskes.

Working solely on donations and revenue from their thrift store, Fresno's Rescue Mission offers food, emergency shelter, operates as the only warming center in Fresno and offers an 18-month recovery program.

"That's what allows us to transform lives because people that come to us don't have the resources to pay for their recovery," said Eskes.

The donations are not limited to monetary, Fresno Rescue Mission says they have been blessed with food, clothing, property even yearend donations of stock.

"People donate used goods automobiles that revenue that we get from our thrift stores help us support our programs."

The need is 365 days per year, especially at the Poverello House where they serve more than 1,600 meal per day.

"Folks kind of get that fatigue but there's always that opportunity to volunteer. There's always that need to be able to come in and give back," said Poverello House Director Cruz Avila.

As you are cleaning out your closet keep in mind the drop in temperatures raises the need for sweaters, jackets and gloves.

For all nonprofits, a strong finish to 2017 means a bigger budget for 2018.
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