October 10, 2005
This week the Salvation Army will be taking applications for those people who may need assistance with Christmas this year. But News 12 tells you why holiday giving could be on the decline.
People have poured millions of dollars into the Hurricane Katrina relief fund, and that’s a good thing, but now some local charities are concerned with their own fundraisers.
Last year, more than 3,600 families were able to go through the Salvation Army Toy Shop. The shop provides needy families with toys to give their children on Christmas. But now local charities like the Salvation Army are worried they may not get as many donations this year because donors have been helping with other relief funds.
“What we’re concerned about is some people’s pocketbooks might be tapped by now so we are concerned that the giving might not be as serious about Christmas time as it was in the past,” said Tracey Parker, Salvation Army.
Families must go through an application process in order to qualify. The Salvation Army will take these applications this week.