Christmas Gift Donations Dwindle

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By WGXA Staff


Updated: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:10:50 EST

In the old Office Depot building on Macon's Pio Nono Avenue, The Salvation Army is setting up its Christmas gift distribution center.

As many as 18 hundred clients are on a list to receive gifts this year, but as you can tell, the collection boxes are empty.

"We're concerned about adding anymore to it because a lot of gifts haven't come in already." -- Major Alan Hill, Salvation Army Area Commander

The Salvation Army is once again having their Christmas Assistance Program, helping the needy have presents under the tree. But Area Commander Major General Alan Hill says the charity has a stricter policy for recipients because of fewer donations.

"It's harder for people to give and we're hoping to see those gifts next week."

And it's not just the Salvation Army...Kids Yule Love founder Joe Allen says he's feeling the pinch too.

"We've had more children this year then we've had in the past. We have a lot more children from middle class home and families then we've ever had."

Allen says its likely due to the economy.

Kids Yule Love has Christmas trees at various Middle Georgia businesses with tags for people to pick up.

The Salvation Army has their angel tree.

"We have 250 angels that are still hanging on the tree and at this point we're getting a little concerned if we're going to be able to move them this year." -- Major Alan Hill, Salvation Army Area Commander

Helping out is very simple all you have to do is visit the Macon Mall, come to the angel tree which is just outside of Macy's, choose an angel off the tree and return this angel along with the unwrapped gift to this location or the Salvation Army's distribution center.

Gifts are trickling in, but nowhere near enough.

"We're looking for a miracle really."

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