Pleasant said Daymark, which is on Charleston's East End, sees an increase in donations every year because "when more people learn about programs such as Daymark, they understand the need for young people."
The shelter sees an increase in donated items such as blankets, towels, coats, boots, school supplies, and hygiene items during the holiday season, she said.
"I truly believe that there continues to be a large number of people who are very caring and want to do things that help others," Pleasant said. "While the economy isn't where we'd like it to be, I don't think that stops people in the community from caring about others."
While many local nonprofits are getting what they need to provide for an increase of those who need help, some are struggling to meet the demand.
"People just don't have as much to give," said Tammy Scott, director of development with the Union Mission in Charleston. "They still give, but they don't have as much."
Scott also has noticed that the number of people who need the Union Mission's services has risen in the past year.
"There's definitely more people in need with this economy. A lot of people are coming for the first time," she said.
This year's storms also have strained the Union Mission's budget, Scott noted.
"We've definitely had to make some major changes to tighten the budget."
The Mountain Mission is also struggling for donations, said its executive director John Roberts.
"They're drastically down," Roberts said. "I don't know an exact percentage, but I think I can be fair in saying donations are probably 20 to 25 percent off from what they were last year."
"The needs are outpacing the donations we are getting," said Donna Hawkins, executive director of the Gabriel Project, which provides support to pregnant women and families with infants up to 2 years old.
"We are seeing people coming to us saying that they have never had to ask for help before, so I think the general economic state is creating problems."
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