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Non-profits affected by inflation hope for a generous season of giving

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According to data released this week, inflation may be somewhat declining, but many individuals are still having trouble making ends meet.

Families in need this holiday season are the main focus of neighborhood charities and nonprofit groups. They are hoping that this year's level of public giving equals the degree of need.

With a target of earning $1.7 million, the Salvation Army of Kent County launched its annual Red Kettle Campaign on Friday morning in Grand Rapids.

"If it isn't given specifically for a disaster, it stays inside the neighborhood. 86 cents of every dollar are retained to support direct services, "added Grand Valley Area Commander Major Timothy Meyer.

Services like food, clothing, and utilities.  The Salvation Army is suffering from inflation that is at its highest level in decades.

The dollar simply doesn't go as far, according to Meyer. "That has affected our staffing costs in addition to the clients we serve. Therefore, we must be able to meet our campaign target to provide these essential services."

Another ringing is audible at United Way's 211 resource assistance program.

Since October 1, when registration for the Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, and Santa Claus Girls programs opened, Jessie Verville, the 211 Team Lead, has been taking more calls.

The pandemic and all that followed it, she claimed, were to blame for the rise in first-time callers this year. We're still making our way out, but we'll make it.

Every child in the Head Start program receives a present as a result of the United Way's "Stuff the Sled" collection drive, but Verville predicts that this year fewer individuals will be able to contribute as much as they usually would.

Click here to see United Way's Holiday Guide to learn how and where to give and volunteer.

These organizations are counting on the community to be giving this holiday season despite the difficult economic conditions.

Frequently, a neighbor we are unaware of must seek assistance for the first time in their lives, according to Meyer. "It's crucial that we have the means and resources to assist them when they ask for help."

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