Interfaith Outreach Services sees a spike in requests for assistance

WICHITA FALLS - Some nonprofits are starting to see a strain on their resources due to the flu.

Interfaith Outreach Services say the cold weather and many illnesses have forced many to seek their assistance, with 36 individuals in need of assistance last week alone.

Executive Director Kris Gossom says they're beginning to see the bills come in with higher than normal electric bills and gas bills that have doubled causing a trickle effect of problems.  

"If you can't pay one bill then it impacts another and rent is probably their largest expense and so that's going to be one of the things they really look at," Gossom said. "We've had some people be I'll and they may not have been able to go to work and so they've missed some pay and just again. Kind of a domino effect. If they, if they're not making the money then they're not paying the bills"

Gossom says the weather could also be a factor adding some of their clients' housing may not be keeping them as warm as it could which is also causing illnesses. 

The nonprofit has several programs including a prescription program aiding in providing medicine for chronic illnesses, but Gossom says they can also assist in some other medications.

"I think what the illnesses we're seeing probably have not had a lot of problem with being expensive," Gossom said. "Some are just needing an antibiotic that's not expensive and so they're able to cover that but then they may find down the road, paying for that puts them not able pay for an electric bill or something."

Gossom says the nonprofit has also seen a greater need for diapers, saying they were completely wiped out last week.

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