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Salvation Army says need is up, donations down

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It's the season of giving, but this year a lot of families have nothing to give.

For programs like the adopt a family, they heavily rely on donations to help families with everything from Christmas gifts to basic necessities. Unfortunately, the economy is forcing more families than ever before to apply for help. However, the donations are down. Program organizers say they need your help now more than ever.

"Just talking about it gives you you the goosebumps" says Major Steve Woodard.

It's a chilly reminder of the times for Salvation Army major Steve Woodard. The need for help this holiday season has increased by thirty percent in his Elkhart office, while donations have flat lined.

"The need is great. We've heard the stories about the economy and how bad it is. There are so many families coming in for the first time this Christmas," says Woodard.

He says out of 850 families that applied for the adopt a family program, 175 were chosen. He's spending the next two weeks raising enough money and toys to help out the other families, so no one is left behind.

It's a similar story at the Niles Salvation Army. Captain Tracey Walters says the need has doubled and they've set their goals high to help those who didn't make the adopt a family list.

"We try to make sure they get a stocking stuffer, a large gift item, clothing, something a family would purchase for their own children," says Walters.

Walters says it's not too late to donate or help out a family in need.

The Salvation Army says there are a number of ways you can help and each office has it's own specific needs.

-In Niles they are in need of items for Newborns through 24 months and also for kids ages 12-16. You can call them at 269-684-2660.

-In Goshen they are in need to kids toys for their annual kids shop. You can call them at 574-533-9584.

-In Elkhart they are looking for personal hygiene items as well as monetary donations. You can call them at 574-970-0088.

All offices need donations of any kind, whether it's a monetary donations or toys.

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