BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR)– With the holidays approaching fast non-profits are in need of some items to help those who need them the most.

Sleep and Heavenly Peace, New River Valley Chapter President, Paul Mele says the non-profit has already built and delivered around 500 beds in Montgomery County, Pulaski County, as well as the city of Radford.

More than 30 children are also on their waiting list to receive a bed by the end of this year

However, they can always use more help.

“Sheets, pillows, comforters, blankets all twin size. Our favorite is when you get us a bed in a bag. That’s where it comes in all in one bundle, and you grab a pillow to go with it,” said Mele.

The organization is holding a holiday bedding drive to make sure “no kid sleeps on the floor.”

“The floor is no good. You are not prepared for school, you are not prepared for an effective day, and it really tears at a family’s social fabric,” said Mele.

He adds nationally three to 17 percent of children are without a bed of their own, and in parts of the New River Valley that number continues to grow.

For other non-profits like the Salvation Army of Roanoke, they say they’re in need of “everything.”

“This time of year usually we are looking for coats and hats and gloves cause people are cold,” said Captain Russell Clay, Core Officer for the Salvation Army of Roanoke.

He says they also need canned food and monetary donations.

Captain Clay explains many people do not know the organization has been helping the Roanoke Valley for more than 100 years, servicing 1,600 to 2,000 people a month.

Now times are getting tough.

“Bell ringing is supposed to be our biggest fundraiser, but we struggle we have 42 locations…43 locations, but we can barely get people out there on the kettles,” said Captain Clay.

According to him, this year’s goal is 125,000 dollars, but they’re already about 7-thousand dollars behind compared to last year.

He explains he isn’t sure why people are not gearing up to volunteer, but even through the adversity, he says they’ll continue to do everything they can to serve the community.

For example, they have several programs like Angel Trees and more.

According to the website, “the Salvation Army Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children around the country each year. Once a child or senior adult has been registered and accepted as an angel their Christmas wish list is shared with donors in your community who purchase gifts of new clothing and toys. The gifts are distributed to the family to place under their family Christmas tree.”

“There are children that don’t have those things that they want for Christmas. A lot of the things we get are the things that they need,” said Captain Clay

Here’s where to donate:

Sleep in Heavenly Peace, New River Valley Chapter – building beds for children who don’t have a place to lay their heads.

  • To donate to Sleep and Heavenly Peace, the New River Valley Chapter, you can go onto their Facebook page, or the national organization’s website, to learn more.
  • You can also go to their Amazon wishlist to see what supplies they are in need of.

The Salvation Army of Roanoke – Red Kettle Campaign

  • If you want to donate to the Salvation Army of Roanoke or learn more about their Red Kettle campaign, you can go to their website.

WFXR’s Kelsey Jean-Baptiste is working on this story. It will be updated.