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Charities in Iceland received about 100 more applications from people asking for help before Christmas this year than before Christmas 2005.

The charities received 1,500 applications in total. As one application often represents several people, the charities estimate that they will need to distribute food to 3,500 to 4,000 individuals in need this Christmas. Morgunbladid reports.

The Church Charity, Mothers’ Aid and the Red Cross will cooperate on distributing food among families in need for the second Christmas in a row.

Social worker Vilborg Oddsdóttir, who received the applications, said many pensioners need help to make ends meet this Christmas. She said she has also received many applications from immigrants who live in remote villages and are out of work.

Last year the charities mostly received applications from invalids and single parents.

Oddsdóttir said many companies support the food distribution before Christmas.

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