Salvation Army battles lower donations

November 24, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
Monday, members of the Wake County Salvation Army met with city leaders to kick off their annual kettle drive. The Salvation Army will begin setting up the red kettles and its bell ringers across Wake County on Friday. Last year, they raised $132,000 in those red kettle donations. But this year, they worry the economy may play a negative role in the amount of money coming in."We are not getting the money we used to, but we are serving so many more people these days with the economy and people getting laid off," Paige Bagwell of the Salvation Army explained.

They're helping people like Willie Thompson, who moved into the Salvation Army's women's shelter in September after she was laid off from work last year.

"They have helped with bills, helped with food, case management, housing referral, pretty much all of the programs they offered we have benefited from," she said.

Nearly a hundred kettles are ready to leave a Wake County warehouse and go to 20 different locations. For every dollar donated, 90 cents will go to help a family in need.

Willie Thompson says her family has been helped for the past five years.

“I’m sure I would have had a lot more difficult time getting through tough times that my family and I have," she offered.

Now working on her master's degree, Thompson is picking up the pieces, and hopes others will be inspired to give this holiday.