More Donations Needed To Keep Pace
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Salvation Army says a sharp increase in requests for assistance in recent weeks is putting a major strain on its finances.
Col. Wallace Conrath, division commander of the Army’s eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware district, said last year more than 50,000 needy families and individuals were served. That number is expected to increase by 15,000 this year.
Tough economic times has caused ″a dramatic increase in needy individuals and families″ asking for assistance, he said in a statement Monday.
Meanwhile donations to The Salvation Army’s Christmas fund drive have been off as much as 40 percent, Conrath added.
The Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising goal is $1 million. About 30 percent of that comes from donations made to the hundreds of red kettles on city streets and at shopping malls.
The remaining 70 percent comes from a direct mail appeal, but Conrath said a delay in the mailing has severely hampered that effort.