Local charitable agencies behind on holiday donations

Weather, shorter season to blame

INDIANAPOLIS - Officials with local charitable organizations said money and food are not coming in like they have in years past.

Carolers and familiar bell ringers did their best to get the Salvation Army closer to its $3.2 million goal Friday afternoon.

Maj. John Turner said the agency is $80,000 behind where they were last this time year. He said weather and recent snowstorms have not helped.

"We had the bitter cold weather and all the snow, people just stayed home," Turner said.

Another factor could be a late Thanksgiving that kept the bells silent about a week longer than usual.

Some local food pantries are hurting for donations too. Officials who run the Mid-North Food Pantry said money and food donations have been slower to come in this year -- while the number of people seeking services almost doubles this time of year.

"We're barely making it, I mean donations are greatly welcomed um we're barely making it, but we're getting it," Latasha Mobley said.

Despite the challenges, a smile and a positive outlook can go a long way for those on the giving and the receiving end.

"If they didn't have programs like this, like I said again, a lot of people wouldn’t have anything to eat and it helps me feed myself and also my six grandchildren," Tanya Whorton said.

The red kettles will be out through Christmas Eve, but the Salvation Army campaign runs until the end of January.

Those who wish to donate can use a cellphone to make a donation by texting HOOSIER to the number 80888.

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