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Salvation Army donations lagging; basic services could be disrupted

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Salvation Army of Dane County says with declining donations during the holidays, basic service programs could be disrupted.  They now have a large budget hole to fill. 

Overall donations this holiday season lagged behind.  This year's budget goal was down by $280,000, so a donation drive is in place to gain additional support over the next few months.

During the usual holiday season, overall donations lagged behind previous year totals. The organization finds itself currently short of this year’s budget goal by approximately $280,000 so a donation drive is in place to gain additional support over the next three months.

A shorter holiday giving season contributed to a slow start to the year.  The Salvation Army of Dane County finds that holiday giving was down almost 6% compared to 2013.  With the extremely cold season this year, services have been in high demand.  The number of shelter nights provided increased 9% and food costs in the shelter were estimated at $5000 in just four months.

Major Loren Carter, Dane County Coordinator says, "We hope some generous donations come over the next few weeks to help ease this budget strain.” He went on to say, “without extra community donations, our ability to help those in need will be severely hampered.”  The organization’s social service programs include a family shelter, a single women’s shelter and a food pantry.  These basic programs in Dane County face cuts if emergency donations don’t help to make up the shortfall.

To find out how you can donate, you can call the Salvation Army at 608-256-2321.

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