The Durham Salvation Army also serves Orange and Person Counties. The group blames the problem on the sagging economy. It says 80 percent of the requests it's getting for aid are coming from people who are asking for help for the first time.
If you can help, you'll find a Red Kettle collection site outside most major stores. Or, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or mail your gift to:
The Salvation Army,P.O. Box 1330 Durham, NC 27702-1330