Non-profits see dip in donations after overwhelming giving for Hurricane Harvey Victims

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - When disaster struck on the Texas Coast with Hurricane Harvey moving on shore and staying, many Texans and people from all over the world responded by lending a helping hand in anyway they could.

Including millions of dollars and while the help was needed, the overwhelming response has left some Abilene non-profits struggling to finish out the year to help those here locally.

"We've seen diminish in food that's come in," stated Shelley Futrelle with the Salvation Army. "I anticipate for the Red Kettle program, the bells on the street corner, I think it will be a little lower this year."

Futrelle says many people gave to the shelter in Abilene supplies to be sent to the coast. Meaning all those donations would go to exactly that.

Now, with Thanksgiving a week away, the staff at the Salvation Army is hoping this decrease in donations will not affect its annual Holiday tradition.

"We do our first responders, we do several people that we actually go out into the community to do," added Futrelle.

When you add in their regulars, that's almost 500 people they serve on Thanksgiving Day.

The Salvation Army isn't the only non-profit who's seeing a dip.

The Special Olympics of Texas also has lost funds because of the hurricane.

"We've probably had to cancel several dozen of our fundraising events in the East Region." said Dr. Rick Brown, VP of Resource Development for SOTX.

The non-profit says they could lose as much as a million dollars in funds.

Both mention that regardless of the lack of funds, their giving back still must go on.

"We still do our three meals a day, we are still doing the things we need to here serving the public in Abilene."

The Salvation Army of Texas is still accepting food and monetary donations for this years Thanksgiving meal.







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