Local non-profits look for help during uncertain time

Posted at 3:10 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 20:19:18-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — We all know the COVID-19 outbreak has hurt our local restaurants and retail, but we cannot forget about the effect it has had on non-profit organizations.

KRIS-TV spoke with two non-profits, the Ronald McDonald House and Foster Angels South Texas, about how they are adjusting during this time and how they are looking to take donations from people.

"Do a check on your charities because it is a scary time," Michelle Horine, the CEO of the Ronald McDonald House, said.

The pandemic has made many things uncertain along with canceling many events the non-profits rely on to raise money to stay operational.

"We did have to postpone a major event which last year funded half a million dollars of our operating budget," Horine said.

While people may be less inclined to give donations during a time where every dollar counts, there are still ways to give.

"We are taking donations for laptops to help kids and we are fortunate enough to provide groceries," Trista McGinnis, the development director for Foster Angels South Texas, said.

Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are perfect things these organizations will take during this time as well.

Although the amount of donations is seen as dropping, both the Ronald McDonald House and Foster Angels South Texas continues to see support from the community.

"Corpus Christi has been really supportive and generous," McGinnis said.

It can be easy to forget about the local non-profits during this time, but they want the public to know that they are still open.

"We are still serving our families," Horine said. "We are still doing the services that these non-profits were created for."