The Salvation Army plans to provide Christmas gifts for 350 families in York and Chester counties this year, but the agency is short on items for older children.
Jewelry, watches, purses, wallets and similar items are needed for boys and girls ages 13 and 14, said Maj. Melody McClure. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the agency's headquarters at 119 S. Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill.
Rising demand is putting strains on a number of local service agencies and charitable groups this Christmas season.
Earlier this week, the United Way asked for last-minute help in its "Toys for Happiness" campaign, saying needs grew this year by 15 percent to 20 percent.
The agency has since gotten a wave of donations, including one from an anonymous donor who wrote a check for $2,000.
Now, the Salvation Army is hoping for a similar outpouring. The center is open during business hours today and until noon Saturday. For information, call McClure at 324-5141.