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Salvation Army Of Eastern Pa. Says Donations At An All-Time Low

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By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania is on the hunt for last minute donations. The non-profit says requests for emergency assistance have doubled at a time when donations are at an all time low.

Salvation Army Divisional Director of Development Chaz Watson says the Salvation Army gets about 60 percent of its yearly income in the last quarter of the calendar year. That means the last day of 2011 is critical.

“This is the most important time of the year. It not just supports our holiday assistance programs, but it helps to provide food, shelter and resources for the Salvation Army’s holiday assistance programs…it also helps us to provide services year round.”

Watson says the Salvation Army is about $110,000 short of its 2011 goal.

“We are really hoping for an angel out there.”

Watson also says that while the number of people giving has increased, the gift amounts are very low.

To donate money or other items to the Salvation Army, go to www.salvationarmyphiladelphia.org.