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Charities and the spirit of giving during Easter season

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Updated: 4/01/2013 5:51 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The Easter holiday brings out the spirit of giving. And depending on the type of donations, some charities are faring better than others. In fact, some helpers of one charity are now being helped.

“My husband lost his job and ended up getting sick,” said Karen Taylor, “It's just hard.”

She used to help Catholic Charities.

“I used to donate. I used to volunteer,” Taylor said, “Now I'm on the other side of the table.”

Now Taylor comes to them for food assistance. Helping people like Karen Taylor is becoming a common story at Catholic Charities which is really feeling the impact of the economy.

“There will become a point, hopefully not soon, but unless the trend changes we’ll have to come to a point to either shrink programs or stop serving if donations and funds become less available,” said Deacon Tom Roberts.

He has faith it will turn around.

“Once people get the confidence that things are better I think they will start to be more generous again because they can. I think the economy is starting to show some levels of stabilization so we hope and pray along with that we'll start to see an increase or at least a stabilization in the giving and donations,” Roberts said.

Meanwhile, one place where donations are pouring in is at Goodwill.
At Goodwill, they are actually donated items and goods that are later resold at the stores. The funds in turn are used to help those in need find work.

“This is our busy time of year in terms of donations because it is spring cleaning and everyone is getting rid of gently used items. They are making room for new things, and it's that spirit of giving, especially here on this Easter holiday. I also think that people understand and people realize that when they do donate to goodwill that those items are put to great use here in our community,” said Goodwill of Southern Nevada spokeswoman Kathy Topp.

While Goodwill accepts more donated items, Karen Taylor accepts that help is available for her.

“He sent us in the right direction and I'm thankful, very thankful for Catholic Charities,” Taylor said.

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