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Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

It’s the time of year when we pause to remember our neighbors in need.

The sluggish economy is creating a Catch 22 situation: More people requiring assistance and less assistance is available. There are so many organizations needing your help, and I’m certain your schools, preschools and churches are making you aware of them. I wanted to bring to your attention some local organizations and programs that may not be on your list but could also use a helping hand to help those they serve.

Yokefellow Ministry (Statesville)

Founded in 1975, Yokefellow Ministry is a thrift store and Crisis Assistance Center that provides funds to help people with basic needs like food, shelter, utilities and medicine. They appreciate donations that can be resold, such as appliances, clothing, books and other household items. Yokefellow also provides food for the needy and their pantry is running low. To find out how you can make a donation, call 704-872-7677 or 704-872-1459.

Be a Santa to a Senior program

This popular nationwide initiative has delivered 1.5 million gifts to needy seniors across the country. The area office of the Home Instead Senior Care network is partnering with local businesses and Senior Care agencies to provide gifts and companionship to seniors who may not have either this holiday season. Visit the Home Instead Senior Care website for a list of businesses where Christmas trees are set up through Dec. 12, on which ornaments hang listing the first name of a senior and a gift wish list. Simply purchase the gift and bring it back (unwrapped) to the store, which in turn will deliver it to the recipient.

Barium Springs Home for Children - Christmas Angel Program

Located in Barium Springs, N.C., the Barium Springs Home for Children provides services and a safe place for children who are troubled, abused or neglected. Through the Christmas Angel Program you can donate to a child online or buy a gift for a child. Visit the website for more information, including their Christmas Wish List and gift drop-off locations.

Triple Cross Ranch

Triple Cross Ranch in Mooresville reaches kids with emotional or physical limitations through the power of equine assisted therapy. Additionally, their partnership with the YMCA of Lake Norman has created a program to help local at-risk teens live happier and healthier lives. Community support is essential to the ranch’s sustainability, so consider a financial donation. But their wish list also includes items like bottled water, snacks and office supplies.

Hope House Foundation

The Hope House Foundation in Huntersville provides shelter, services and support for women and their children who find themselves in a difficult situation with nowhere to turn. The safe, transitional home setting helps women work toward becoming self-sufficient. Review the organization’s wish list of items that include everything from cleaning and office supplies to retail gift cards.

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