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Shorter period between holidays could affect donations

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Giving is big every holiday season, but this year, it could come with a challenge. Many people make their donations to groups like the Salvation Army after Thanksgiving. But, the period between holidays is shorter this year, giving agencies less time to collect.

Brian Wallace with the Salvation Army says,"We knew this year was going to be a little tougher. We knew we basically losing a week."

The number of people needing help this holiday season is up nearly 15-percent from last year, but that number coupled with Thanksgiving falling a week later has caused concern. "Typically most people don't get into the mood until Black Friday."

That holiday mood leads people to drop money into kettles. Brian Wallace says losing a week of dollars and cents is equivalent to more than 50-thousands dollars to help families.

Wallace says "We started approaching local businesses and got them to sponsor some of the kettles." Which has made up for most of the loss.. but what will this mean for other agencies?

"We recently had a brunch here to recognize all the agency directors in the Birmingham area. They had so many requests, they're not going to be able to meet the need." Linda Pair with the Birmingham Baptist Association thinks the lateness of Thanksgiving could affect that need across the city.

"We have requests for over 2500 stockings and so our donations have been down the last two years, so we are asking people to give a stocking to a child, bring a smile to a child's face for Christmas."

Around 100 have come in so far, but pair says church groups always step up to make a difference.

The Birmingham Baptist Association is collecting warm clothing November 27th and 28th at its 1st Avenue North and 26th Street location. Toy and stocking donations will be accepted December 10th. Pair says there is a need to fill stockings for boys in grades 4-6. For more information, you can call 205-599-3245.

You can also make a donation to the Salvation Army by visiting this link http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/

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