Thomasville, GA- November 25, 2012
Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is on a lot of people's minds and with that comes the season of giving.
"It's overwhelming because we see it all the time, and everyday people are hurting," said Steve DePaola, a United Way of Thomas County Board Member and professor at Thomas University. "People want help and in some cases they're afraid to ask for help."
That's when organizations like the United Way of Thomas County steps in and according to a new survey by Razoo, people want to help. The survey reported despite the economy, 50% of adults in the United States said they will donate to a charity this holiday season and nearly half of the unemployed population said they'd be giving back too.
"I think people are struggling for Christmas gifts this time of year," added DePaola. "Everybody wants their children to have something and people are hurting, but one of the amazing things about this community is, even people who are struggling still want to help other people."
Rebecca Cannady, the Executive Director of United Way of Thomas County said they've seen an increase in the number of people willing to help out.
"People in Thomasville are so willing to give," she said. "People in Thomasville and Thomas County have always been very kind to those in need, with United Way especially.
People in the community say they're looking forward to giving back.
"I think everyone one of us has needs, everyone has wants and we can help others fulfill those," said Thomasville resident, Donny Hayes. "It makes me personally feel better at Christmas time; the real spirit of the season, to give to those who are in need."
If you are interested in helping those in need this holiday season, contact the United Way of Thomas County at (229) 228-0560.