Salvation Army struggles to meet needs for low-income families

Salvation Army struggles to meet needs for low-income families

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Yuma-The Salvation Army in Yuma County is in serious need of your help.

The non-profit organization tells KSWT News 13, there's a growing number of low income families in need this year but so far it's falling short on donations.

The Salvation Army said it'll do what it's always done in year's past.

It'll rely on other agencies to help them fill the void with cash and food donations.

That's because with the unemployment rate so high, there's more people who are in need and fewer who are able to give.

One angel tree decoration represents a little boy named Fernando.

He's number 932 on the Salvation Army's list.

Fernando wants a tricycle for Christmas.

Then there's Zayden, a two year old boy who just wants hot wheels.

Captain Randy Hartt said both boys are among the hundreds of children whose Christmas happiness depends on the generosity of people like you.

"The need is always great and the need for resources..especially monetary donations is very high," Hartt said.

The Salvation Army opened up its distribution center Monday morning at the Yuma Palms Regional Center.

But this is all they've collected so far.

And it's not nearly enough to feed, clothe and provide toys to 1,300 families in need.

"Its been pretty difficult," he said.

KSWT News 13 asked Hartt, why its more difficult this year to collect donations.

"We're all kind of in struggle mode right now," he said. "The need is greater were hoping that the economy really picks up from this point on."

Until donations pick up, Hartt said he'll turn to a higher being for support.

"A lot of prayer and on our knees to see that the lord brings in what we need to help the people in this community," he said.

Hartt said the Salvation Army added 200 families to the list, which makes it even harder for the organization to meet the community's growing needs.

He encourages people to being all toys by December 14th so they can be processed.


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