THE COVID-19 pandemic has affected all parts of life, but its those who were already doing it tough, that have been among those continuing to suffer.
Organisations such as St Vincent de Paul are always available to help, including during a global pandemic.
While the Leeton store in Kurrajong Avenue is currently closed, residents searching for an extra helping hand need not worry as services are still available.
St Vincent de Paul regional president and Leeton resident Marianne Hoskinson will be manning a hotline every Monday to Friday.
Residents can call 0477 735 932 from 11am to 2pm to speak with Mrs Hoskinson if they need help, especially when it comes to food, general inquiries and accessing warm clothes.
"We want to make people aware that we are still here to help," Mrs Hoskinson said.
"It's important to reach out if you do need any assistance because that's what we are here to do.
"Obviously we have had to make some changes to what we are doing, like everyone else has had to, but we're still here to help where we can."
With the cool weather now appearing to settle in and tough economic times expected to remain, the role of St Vincent de Paul remains as important as ever.
Leeton conference president Eileen Edwards remained concerned for those in the community who may be doing it tough.
"Especially coming into winter ... it will be hard out there for a lot of people," he said.
"There a homeless people in our community, so it is important for them and everyone to know we can still help despite everything else that is going on."
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia operates at the grass roots and provides material and personal support to individuals and families in local communities such as Leeton.
"We just want people to get in touch and we'll see what we can do to help ... it's important to reach out," Mrs Hoskinson said.