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Charities in Need This Thanksgiving

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LAS VEGAS -- Thanksgiving is just two weeks away and Las Vegas charities say families that haven't needed help in the past are asking for it this year.

Many valley non-profits said they can barely keep up with the demand for assistance as the holidays are fast approaching.

For many agencies, it has been difficult providing for hundreds more families than they've expected.

When Deandra Moses stepped into the Shade Tree, a shelter for abused women, she said she and her two children had nowhere else to go.

"It's not fair for them to be punished," she said. "I mean that, they can't help that happened."

The Shade Tree helps 10 to 15 families per day and hundreds more per year than what they're equipped for.

Management has already laid off staffers, saying that without donations this holiday, more cuts are coming.

"To have the public support to meet those needs is the only way we're going to get through this," said Marlene Richter of the Shade Tree.

Just around the corner, Catholic Charities has bare pantry shelves. Last Thanksgiving, the organization served thousands. This year, staffers expect these tables to be full, serving 3,500 people.

"It does keep going up, but it's always steady," said Leslie Carmine of Catholic Charities. "It's never changing."

Three Square food bank is already working to help families this Thanksgiving, handing out hundreds of frozen turkeys.

Food For Less is also donating $13,000 in food.

As Thanksgiving is just weeks away, charities are sticking together to help the valley.

"The need for the services right now continues to be overwhelming," Richter said.

Moses said she isn't planning to be in Shade Tree forever, but said without it, she doesn't know where she'd be.

With the help of the shelter, Deandra's boss held her position, and with that, a fresh start.

8 News NOW is helping sponsor a turkey drive starting next Thursday with help from local Albertsons stores.

This will help provide 1,200 las vegas families with a Thanksgiving meal.

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