AUSTIN (KXAN) - Halloween hasn't come and gone yet but some organizations are already thinking about Christmas and what they need to do to make sure children across Travis County have a happy holiday.
One non-profit group, the Travis County Brown Santa, is ready to get started but they haven't been able to find a temporary space to set-up and their deadline was two weeks ago.
The program provides assistance to underprivileged children and their families in rural Travis County.
Organizers say they usually have a donated warehouse by early October, but this year has been a struggle.
"We are in desperate need of a warehouse," said Mary Rodriguez, vice chairman of Brown Santa. "We do not have a place to unload our trailers."
Since the economy has picked back up, more businesses have been able to rent out once-empty warehouses which leave Brown Santa scrambling around since June for useable space.
The organization is looking for a warehouse space that has at least 40,000 square feet but the building needs to have heat, air conditioning, restrooms, electricity, and telephone lines. The organization uses the warehouse space to sort through donations and people can also donate at the site.
Every year, Brown Santa helps 2,000 families and volunteers wrap 15,000 gifts.
Rodriguez is worried that if they don't have a building by Nov. 1 the organization will be hard pressed to make this holiday season a happy one.
"If they can't donate a warehouse, then there is not going to be a Brown Santa program this year," said Rodriguez. "We're not going to be able to provide assistance for all of their families."
While the search hasn't been fruitful, Rodriguez isn't giving up.
"I just went and printed 2,000 applications with the hope that we're going to have a building and a warehouse to be able to serve the community," said Rodriguez.
If a business comes through and donates a space after Nov. 1, the agency won't turn it down, but it'll be a mad dash to wrapping finish line.
If you have space that might work for the Brown Santa program, you can reach Rodriguez at 512-698-2813 or leave a message at the Brown Santa main number, 24-SANTA (247-2682).
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