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Charities worried they won't meet donation goals for holidays

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

The holidays are just around the corner, and some organizations that help needy children are worried that because of a sluggish economy, they won't meet their goals.

"There is no guarantee that we'll make that need. Last year, as far as the fire department program, did not meet the need because the donations fell a little bit short," said John Durr with the Lexington Fire Department.

The Fraternal Order of Firefighters is not the only group anticipating a slow donation year.

"They are just coming in (requests for help), hoping that the Salvation Army and the community can make sure that something is under the Christmas tree Christmas day for their child, who they love dearly," said Major Debra Ashcraft.

"These folks come to us for all different kinds of reasons like loss of job, medical problems, or other hard situations that hit them unexpectedly," she added.

Major Ashcraft says there is a database called the Christmas Clearing Bureau, that ensures each child in need in the Lexington area is helped, and that there aren't duplicate donations.

"As long as your donating we're glad that you're doing it, cause you're helping everyone at the same time," said Durr.

Ashcraft said businesses like Glenn Automall and the Fayette Mall are displaying Angel Trees, which have wish lists of needy children on them.
She said they're still looking for businesses to work with though.

The Salvation Army will have updates on their website and Facebook page for those interested in helping.

You can visit www.salvationarmylex.org

and

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Salvation-Army-Lexington-KY/169102156508344


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