Most of us are feeling the effects of the recession and with Christmas right around the corner, groups like the Salvation Army are forced to make cut backs due to the lack of donations.
Captain Ralph Campbell says they helped over 19,000 kids and purchased over $60,000 worth of food and toys last year and that put them in debt.
"I know that times are tight and we feel the crunch as well as other agencies. We’re not the only agency feeling this but I would just say that sometimes there is a greater joy in giving than receiving," Campbell said.
Campbell says since they’ve had to cut back instead of providing for kids up to 18-years old. This year they can only afford to take care of kids up to 12-years-old. Now the Salvation Army is asking for your help.
"Last year everyone that came to us got food and toys. We had a line around three or four blocks from 9:00 in the morning till 7:00 at night in pouring rain. So you can see the need that was there," Campbell said.
Campbell says their goal is to help everyone who needs it.
"Sometimes in tighter times we have to look to each other to help and I believe that this community is that type of community and so I believe that when the times comes they will be there for and we’ll thank God and thank them," Campbell said.
Anyone who wants to donate toys or canned goods for Christmas can do so at anytime. October 26th-30th the Salvation Army is taking Christmas applications from 10AM to 3PM Monday through Thursday and Friday from 10AM-7PM.
To apply you will need to bring an ID, Social Security number for everyone in your household, monthly income for your household and your monthly bills.
The Salvation Army is also taking applications November 3rd for Perry County from 10AM to 3PM at the UMC on High Street.
In Morgan County they will be taking applications November 4th from 10Am to 3PM at Malta UMC in Malta.