ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Charities that help the homeless said that they are stretched to the limit right now, and they expect the need to grow as the holidays approach.
Both the Salvation Army and Albany Rescue Mission officials are asking for the community's help.
It's only 3 weeks until Thanksgiving, so the push is on at those organizations to prepare for the holidays.
And they said they need your help to make the holidays special for everyone.
Jamie, is a woman who came to the Place 4 Hope from Minnesota.
"Me and my friend were, because he was having trouble in Minnesota too, so we looked at a map and bing, Albany, Georgia, here we are," said Jamie.
Albany Salvation Army Commander Major Kelly English said they are seeing more people like Jamie, from out of state, coming to Albany and their shelter, and they admit they can't understand why.
"Over a three month period we've almost tripled the numbers that we've been servicing," explained English.
English said they are also seeing more families and children.
With the holidays fast approaching, Salvation Army officials said they need monetary donations, but even more they want your help.
"Financial support helps keep the lights on. Presence goes an awful long way too," said English. "And that's what we need."
The Red Kettle Drive starts November 18th, with a goal of $60,000, they want volunteers to ring bells.
They also need people to help prepare two meals a day, and volunteers to just spend time with visitors at the shelter.
More than 700 children signed up in the Toys for Tots program.
Officials said that is a lot of kids, but a challenge they welcome.
"We have not seen a child come to us and leave away empty handed during the effort," explained English.
The need is bigger this year, and Salvation Army officials said that they have a number of ways you can help.
If you would like to volunteer with the Salvation Army, you can call Faye Turney at (229) 435-1428 during the week.
The Albany Rescue Mission's shelter is also at capacity, and they expect more people when the holidays and cold weather arrive.
They serve more than 7,000 meals a month, so food is the most pressing need right now.
"So we have to collect enough food now to go all through the next year. That doesn't cover the holiday feeding that we do. So it's, and this is the lowest time of the year as far as donations, right before the holidays," said Albany Mission Director and Founder Brother Larry Hample.
The 28th Annual Albany Rescue Mission canned food drive will be held at the Lee County Harvey's next Wednesday through Friday.
You can also find out how to make a donation online at the Albany Rescue Mission website.