Salvation Army faces "perfect storm"

December 9, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
The Salvation Army says donations are down $1 million this holiday season, yet requests for service have doubled. Officials are characterizing it as a "perfect storm" and are asking the public for help. “On top of the sagging contributions, The Salvation Army is seeing requests for assistance hit record levels,” noted Maj. Bruce Smith, corps officer in Durham. “This is shaping up to be the perfect storm for The Salvation Army....dwindling contributions and skyrocketing requests for assistance.”

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:

December Needs

The Salvation Army,

P.O. Box 1330 Durham, NC 27702-1330