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Holiday Charities See Decline in Donations

Local non-profit agencies need help with holiday donations.

Non-profit groups and charities look for donations year around, however, Christmas time is typically the biggest season for giving. This year things seem to be a bit slow, in the way of donations.

A few local charities say they aren't getting the Christmas spirit they hoped for this year... With the holiday right around the corner, there's been a panic that filling needs for the less fortunate may not be possible this year.

"I think one of the most terrible situations for a parent is to not be able to provide for their children,” said Ana Etter, Program Manager of Coats for Kids, a local non-profit agency that provides coats to low incomes families during the winter months. After collecting close to 700 coats this season, Etter says she has seen a decline in cash donations to buy coats.

"It’s a community effort, we want those kids to know that the community cares about them," said Etter.

Another non-profit that's hurting is "Home Instead Senior Care." Their ten year old program “Santa for a Senior” has hit an all time low.

"We’ve never not filled a name that was given to us," said Program Manager Joan Black.

Local senior agencies submit the names of those who don’t have family to enjoy the holidays with. Shoppers at Walgreens can choose who's wish list they want to fill.

"They don’t ask for computers, they ask for socks and calendars and sweaters and slippers," said Black.

Donations are down but so is the list of hopeful recipients. Out of 245 wish lists, only about 120 of them have been filled. Unless there's a rush of last minute donations, Santa for a senior could be delayed this year. Peggy Anderson-Harper stays hopeful despite the 50 percent decline in giving.

"I’m just convinced that the community is going to come together like they have in the past ten years and get the wish lists filled," said Anderson-Harper.

To make a donation to “Coats for Kids,” visit there website www.volunteerfortwayne.org or visit their drop-off location at 3401 Lake Avenue, Suite 4.

To make a donation to “Santa for a Senior,” visit any Walgreens store in Northeast Indiana and ask an associate. You can also call 260-485-2424.

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