Birmingham charities on pace for the holidays

Birmingham charities on pace for the holidays

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Even though Birmingham charities are on pace for holiday service, they can always use more donations to help them through the coming year. Source: WBRC video Even though Birmingham charities are on pace for holiday service, they can always use more donations to help them through the coming year. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The holidays are one of the most important times of the year for charities. From serving Thanksgiving dinners to giving Christmas gifts, they collect money and goods to provide help for those less fortunate. 

However, nationally, some organizations are reporting a decline in donations mainly due to the ecomony. However the Birmingham's Salvation Army bags are filled with Thanksgiving meals.

"We're seeing the normal influx of food and non-perishable items that will help out with holiday meals, as well as donations," said Public Relations Director Brian Wallace.

At the Jimmy Hale Mission, the reaction was mostly the same.

"About the only thing that's been down is food donations, and this time of year, Thanksgiving, holidays, that's picking up a little," said Executive Director Tony Cooper. "We're kind of right on target for donations and especially with this downturn economy, that's a good sign."

This year has been an easier year for Alabamians as opposed to 2011 when Mother Nature's fury was felt across the state.

"That's not the case this year. We had a quieter year I think people are much more willing to give when they've had an easier year," said Wallace.

And while the pantries are stocked for the moment, there is always room for more.

"It's never where it needs to be," said Wallace. "We operate 24-7, 365 days a year and we have a lot of programs. So we can always use more."

It's also important to remember that even if organizations are on pace for the year, the year isn't over.

"We'll be in the red for about eight months out of the year, so you really look forward to holiday giving and year end giving to help make up the difference so you can finish in the black," said Cooper.

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