Charitable Giving Down This Season

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Roy Hicks, director of the Bowling Green Salvation Army, says: "If you see the red kettle, every cent helps. Don't think every nickel and dime don't help, because it does."

This year, perhaps more than ever, charities need your support giving to the less fortunate. In a survey by nearly 80 percent of charitable organizations anticipate that the year's natural disasters will cause end-of-year contributions to remain at or decrease from 2004.

Doug Eberhart is the executive director of United Way for Southern Kentucky. He says: "United Way of Southern Kentucky we're projecting to be $128,000 down from where we were last year."

When Hurricane Katrina hit, people from our area graciously donated goods and money to the victims. Now charities want to remind everyone how much we need right here at home.

Hicks says: "It's mostly due to Katrina. A lot of people gave to that. That's good, but there's a need also our mail appeal is suffering due to that."

Eberhart says: "United Way had over $10,000 contributions last year. If we had a 1000 people give $100 each, we would have the same amount of money that we raised last year."

Regardless of the poll and the low numbers, the United Way and Salvation Army both say they are optimistic about the rest of the season of giving.

Eberhart says: "That's the thing, we're talking about how we are down from last year. But I've seen the sacrificial giving from thousands of people and it's a beautiful thing."

Hicks says: "I think the Lord will provide. That's just the way I am. It's slow right now, but the Lord will provide."