Many charitable organizations have been concerned this holiday season about having enough to provide for those in need.
The Joy Soup Kitchen in Greenville is about to feed 600 to 700 families this Christmas. On Thursday they will have a Christmas Eve celebration for residents who need a hot meal.
According the director of the Joy Soup Kitchen, Barbara Taft, they've seen an abundance of support from the community. The same can be said for the Salvation Army in Pitt County, which has more than 350 families who are needy this year.
Captain James Rickard says they've seen an 83 percent increase of people asking for assistance for the first time. "It renews my faith in humanity number one, and Christmas is the season we give thanks to the God for what He's done and we give Him glory for what He's been able to do for Pitt County to help people in need."
Parents who requested toys from the Salvation Army can pick them up Wednesday from 9am-1pm.