POSTED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:04pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 9:32am
HARLINGEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Reports across Texas and Louisiana indicate that there has been a reduction in charity donations this year.
Charitable organizations like the Salvation Army have noticed a decrease in the number of donations they usually get around the holidays.
In addition, the number of people who have adopted "Angel Tree" gifts, or gifts specifically meant for children, is down by about 1000. Officials say that the economy may have a contributing factor.
But few people realize that the money they donate during Christmas time will also help people in need throughout the year.
"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we use these funds at Christmas time," said Guy Watts of The Salvation Army . "However, the money that is left over, we use all throughout the year to help people with their rent and utilities, and other things that they can't--basic needs that they can't provide for themselves."
If you would like to ring the Salvation Army bell to help gather donations, you can call the local office in Harlingen at 956 423 2454. You can also visit the website at www.salvationarmy.org .