Charities are urging shoppers not to forget the less fortunate during the winter holidays.
The Durham Rescue Mission and Salvation Army are collecting gifts for children.
Other shelters are asking people to drop off essentials for people who are out in the cold.
“In our winter ministry, in which we distribute clothes out in the community, we need scarves and hats and gloves and coats,” says Lynn Daniel.
Daniel directs the Raleigh Rescue Mission. He says they especially needs extra-large size coats and soft, warm gloves and blankets.
John Dorward of the Inter-Faith Council in Chapel Hill says they’ve been fortunate to receive coats this seasons, and that the public has given generously.
“Actually, a lot of people think about women and children this time of year, and so we have lots of toys for the kids and clothing for the women who stay with us. For the men, not so much.”
Dorward says the men's shelter needs underwear, hats, gloves, and shoes. Gift cards are also appreciated.