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Donations down for many charities this holiday season

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It's been a tough season for charities which often rely on the spirit of giving this time of year to help others. It's been a tough season for charities which often rely on the spirit of giving this time of year to help others.
Robin Miller Robin Miller
Jeanine Triplett Jeanine Triplett

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) –  It's been a tough season for charities which often rely on the spirit of giving this time of year to help others. A lot of non-profits are reporting donations are down.

At the Home of the Innocents Lauren, 16, rides a specialized tricycle that gives her a form of exercise she may never have known if it wasn't for donations.

"What are kids are really looking for is hope and community support helps us provide that hope," said Robin Miller, Home of the Innocents. 

Miller said monetary support has been coming in slower, but this year has been especially challenging because of the changes in health care. 

"We rely on the community dollar to help us close the gap of what's not covered by the government, so if a child comes in here and we only get reimbursed up to a certain point, we are not going to compromise our care for our children," said Miller. 

Over at The Center for Women and Families, their holiday push is also coming along slowly, but they're not worried.

"It's a shorter time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year," said Jeanine Triplett with The Center for Women and Families. "I think we had an extra week last year, so that probably plays into the fact that they are short of coming in a little later."

They are half way toward their goal of buying 1,000 $25 gift cards for their shelter clients.

"We serve 500 individuals through the gift card program. We have 100 individuals will be in any of our shelters at any time and we are always full," said Triplett. 

The Salvation Army has seen better years for donations. While fewer children were signed up for the Angel Tree program this year, a 1,000 more were left over at the end of the campaign than years past. The short shopping season is partially to blame.

"I think you can also factor in weather that's certainly hurt us in the last week, although we did see a nice little push in those final days over the weekend in the mall," said David Yarmuth, Salvation Army. 

Another thing the weather has hurt is the Salvation Army's red kettle drive. The donations are collected through Christmas Eve, but at this time only 30 percent of volunteer shifts are filled. 

For more information on the Salvation Army click here. 

For more information on The Center for Women and Families click, here.

For more information on the Home of the Innocents, click here. 

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