By Pat Sherman
Local churches and faith-based organizations are working diligently to answer requests from those in need this holiday season, in the midst of an economic downturn that shows few signs of recovery.
At St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Prospect Street, requests for financial aid or other assistance are rolling in on a daily basis.
“We get everything from, ‘Do you have any shoes?’ to requests for bus passes and tokens,” said Sue Adams, the church’s minister of communications and programs. “Our most recent person wanted $100 for travel to be with her daughter, who I guess was dying.”
St. James belongs to a...