End-of-the-year charity donations down so far

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Non-profits such as Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army are seeing a drop in year-end donations, a critical time for raising funds for the upcoming year.

In total, donations have dropped 20 percent at the 22 Goodwill stores in Central North Carolina.

"You're talking about anywhere between 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of fewer goods to be able to sell in our stores," said Chris Gorham, vice president of marketing for Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina.

The decrease comes at a time when non-profits typically receive the funding or donations needed to help carry them through the next year.

"The last two weeks of the year are critical to our success," Gorham said.

Ninety percent of profit made from selling donations goes towards Goodwill's job training center which helps 20,000 people a year gain computer skills, resume writing skills and other job skills.

In Winston-Salem, Salvation Army Red Kettle donations fell $25,000 short of this year’s goal.

The non-profit also had a $15,000 drop in donations mailed in.

Those donations go toward helping low-income families pay for rent and heat. It also helps fund free breakfast meals and the Center of Hope homeless shelter.

"The last thing I want to do is cut programs,” said Major James Allison. “But if we have a shortfall in our budget, we will have to look at what we can and cannot do."

To donate to Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, go to Triadgoodwill.org.

Donations to The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem can be made at SalvationArmyWS.org or call (336) 723-6366.

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