MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — For the last fifty years, Monroe County’s Meals on Wheels has provided services to hundreds of people in the Poconos. With inflation, officials say the demand is at its highest ever.

The jingle of sleigh bells gifts under the tree and the sight of old St. Nick are all signs of the season at Monroe County meals on wheels in Stroudsburg.

The non-profit’s holiday gift drive is underway and officials have a call out to the community for donations.

“Meals on wheels funds don’t go to this type of program, so to have the community support means that we can brighten the day of our clients during the holiday season,” stated Stacey Koeck, special events coordinator at the Monroe County Meals on Wheels.

The drive provides a new, wrapped gift to all of its clients totaling to more than 225 people over the age of 18.

“Unisex presents like a lap blanket in a neutral color, a flashlight, a magnifying glass, puzzle books, things like that are always well received by our clients,” explained Koeck.

Assistant director Alyssa Koeck says since inflation, they’ve seen a lack of donations so they’re working to spread the word.

“For a lot of our clients, this is it. We’re oftentimes the only person they see in a given week and the only gift under their tree,” said Alyssa.

With the help of holly, jolly Santa, and his helpers, Monroe County Meals on Wheels will be collecting donations through December 9th.

“Everybody be kind, be nice, and help Monroe County Meals on Wheels,” stated Santa Claus.

In addition to donations, Monroe County’s Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers. You can head to their website for more information on how to sign up. If you wish to donate head over to their wish list.