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Rising inflation hits charities across Las Vegas and their ability to receive donations




LAS VEGAS, Nevada (FOX5) — Since 1941, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has served the most vulnerable populations, providing food, family and housing services.

“It’s been extremely humbling to see families come in and need our help and be so grateful,” said volunteer Cathy Flynn.

Flynn said that over the past two months she has noticed an increase in the number of people needing help.

“When I started a year and a half ago we had maybe less than a hundred people and most days we have well over a hundred families coming, so every day of the month seems to be getting busier and busier,” Flynn said.

“Customers are seeing a big impact on need, especially as prices go up and we all realize product availability is also struggling,” said Catholic Charities President and CEO Tom Roberts. .

Roberts said the organization serves about 500 people daily through its community meal service and more than 100 through its food pantry and at Thanksgiving expects to serve up to 1,000.

He said that due to the impacts of inflation, getting all products to serve as many people is going to be an additional challenge this year.

“The ability to cover costs, volunteers, donations for fixing costs, cranberries, stuffing, potatoes, then turkey protein,” Roberts said. “We are having difficulty finding products and paying for the products.”

Roberts said they need help from the community with food donations, especially frozen turkeys.

“When others can help us, help them, it also opens more hearts, more room in our hearts for generosity when we share what we have with others,” Roberts said. “It makes our holidays and the Thanksgiving season a little more joyful.”

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