Local non-profits seek help

Posted at: 12/28/2012 5:18 PM
Updated at: 12/28/2012 5:31 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some local non-profits in Albuquerque need some help saying the bad economy is bringing more customers, but fewer donations.

The Salvation Army just finished several busy months with the holiday season. Two weeks ago, KOB Eyewitness News 4 reported 35 of the 40 donation kettles in Albuquerque were making less money per day this season than last Christmas season.

But reporting the problems did help bring more donations.

"We had folks on that Monday (of the report) coming in and bringing donations of toys and so forth to kettle locations. We definitely saw folks dropping by the kettles," Doug Williams, Business Administrator for the Salvation Army in Albuquerque, said.

The Salvation Army helped 400 families with food certificates and presents this Christmas, but with fewer donations, the amount of excess presents for next year is down by forty percent.

"As you can see, we got kinda down to the end. But we were blessed to help all the families that came in," Williams said.

As for people seeking help, another non-profit is seeing plenty of traffic this holiday season due to people needing to buy cheaper products.

"Well, we're very fortunate in that donations have stayed steady throughout 2012. We are, of course, seeing more people than ever seeking our programs and services," Ryan Clark of Goodwill said.

One of the telling signs of the bad economy at Goodwill comes from not only more customers, but the quality of donations going down, too. But Clark said no matter what people donate, Goodwill finds a way for the items to be used or sold.

Clark said if people want to make donations to Goodwill, they should do so before New Years Eve. The final day of the year is when everyone tries to make last ditch efforts at donations for tax purposes and the lines will be crazy, he said. And the Salvation Army said people can make donations of presents throughout the year to them for Christmas 2013.