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Clothing racks starting to empty out after the holiday rush at Christian Help. Clothing racks starting to empty out after the holiday rush at Christian Help.
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MORGANTOWN -

Thousands of dollars worth of toys were given away in Morgantown to people in need for the holidays. There was also tons of food that was collected.

But some organizations say it's important to remember to give and volunteer all year long.

"We do see an increase of volunteers through out the holidays," said Megan Pitrolo, the Career Closet Coordinator at Christian Help. "But it is important to keep our volunteerism through out the year because people with needs come to us every day, it's not just the holiday season."

Christian Help isn't the only organization that has increased volunteering during the holiday season but often sees it drop off after the holidays. The Bartlett House sees the same activity.

"With the Christmas break from the university we don't have as many volunteers right now," said Christopher Harnett, Office Manager at the Bartlett House. "And now that the holiday season is over we have plenty of room for more volunteers."

There are a number of ways to keep helping after the holidays. If you received a new suit for Christmas and can afford to give away an old one, Christian Help is in need of men's clothes for it's Career Closet.

"As long they can bring in proof of employment through a paycheck or name badge, anything like that, they can come in every thirty days and get outfits for work," said Pitrolo.

After the holidays, the focus switches from the need of gifts and toys to every day items.

"These folks are not here because they want to be here but unfortunate circumstances land them here," Harnett said. "We want to provide them with the essentials, the basic needs, emergency shelter, food."

Some other necessities include hygiene, food, and paper products. Christian Help also needs items to keep people warm.

"Sleeping bags and blankets, and even tents for our clients who don't have a home right now," explained Pitrolo. "Anything that's heavy, like a heavy coat or scarves and hats and gloves. Those kind of things are extremely necessary throughout the winter months."

To learn more about volunteering or donating contact Christian Help at (304) 296-0221 or Bartlett House (304) 292-0101.