Salvation Army, United Way of York County Say Donations Are Needed For Christmas

 

YORK COUNTY, S.C. (CN2 NEWS)  Several local nonprofits say they need more donations to help families in need this Christmas.

Mary McFadden with United Way says this year they’re helping 1,000 children from 400 families in York County. McFadden says they are in desperate need of donations for older children up to 14 years of age.

She says it’s harder to shop for older kids because often they ask for something most of their classmates already have — electronics — which can be expensive.

“And so I think every year it gets harder and harder because the electronics demand is going up,” says McFadden.

The Salvation Army is also struggling with donations.  Robbie Robbins, a major at the Salvation Army, says they still need more people to adopt angel trees and donate to kettles.

“From day to day where we are right now, we’re down. Kettles are down about $15,000 or $16,000,” said Robbins, “And if you look at mail ins, we’re down about another 18 or 20 thousand dollars. If you put those two together, that’s a lot of money.”

Robbins, who joined this branch of the Salvation Army five months ago, says he’s still trying to figure out why numbers have declined.