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Salvation Army: Donations down

December 12, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Salvation Army said donations to its holiday red kettle campaign in Hawaii are down by 30 percent so far this year.

The Salvation Army raised nearly $1 million last year. As of Monday, the campaign had raised only about $371,000 statewide, officials said.

"We're concerned about the slow collections so far this year and how this will impact our ability to help those who are hurting here in Hawaii," said Salvation Army Divisional Commander Maj. John Chamness.

The organization was able to help more than 135,000 people in Hawaii last year, he said.

Other charities also say holiday giving is lagging.

"So far, this year looks a little dry," said Toys for Tots Oahu coordinator Marine Sgt. Cesar G. Martinez. "But it's a little hard to say how much we'll get in the end."

Charities say possible reasons for the decline include fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with donations spread thin from the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort in the Philippines, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

There are five fewer days this season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a decline that could result in $20 million less in donations to the Salvation Army nationwide, said Chamness.

Going into the holiday season, donations to the local branch of the American Red Cross were down 8 to 10 percent, said Hawaii State Chapter CEO Coralie Matayoshi.



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