Requests to the Holiday Helpline are up 40 percent, rising from 342 last year to 488 this year.
"It's up considerably," said Connie Wooley, who helps organize the program.
In all, Wooley said 1,465 people will be served through the Helpline this year.
The Helpline is for families who would not otherwise have Christmas and is a joint effort by agencies in the community to coordinate holiday giving so those in need receive help and all needs are met.
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