Archive for Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Holiday season a mixed bag, so far, for area nonprofits

Local charities looking to help families in need this year are coming up short on donations. Local organizations are behind last year's numbers despite nearby towns seeing the opposite.

December 8, 2009


Lawrence area non-profits are reporting mixed results this year in holiday fundraising events and drives.

Some area agencies are meeting their goals despite the economy, while others are falling short.

Here’s a brief rundown of how some agencies are doing this year:

On target

  • Scotch Fabric Care’s annual Share the Warmth program received more than 3,700 coats this year, a record for Lawrence.
  • United Way of Douglas County’s 2009 campaign has raised 60 percent of its goal of $1.8 million, slightly ahead of last year at the same time.
  • The Mayors and Players Turn it On! event to benefit ECKAN’s utility assistance program on Dec. 5 raised $3,300, on par with previous years.
  • The Annual Festival of Trees event to benefit The Shelter Inc. garnered more than $22,000 in wreath and tree sales.
  • The Catch a Break Foundation, which assists those with cancer who are struggling financially because of the disease, has assisted 10 families so far, but has funds to assist more people. Contact Cindy Sargent at 785-218-5475 or at cabfound@gmail for more information.

Still in need

  • Toys for Tots drive sponsored by the Student Union Activities at KU reports fewer donations this year with the drive ending Dec. 11.
  • The local Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is around $5,000 behind where it was at the same time last year toward their goal of $108,000.
  • The Ballard Center’s Tree of Stars program, where donors buy gifts for needy families, still has 243 left to families left to adopt. They had 600 families sign up for the program this year, compared to 350 in 2008.


kmat 8 years, 5 months ago

I've adopted two families. Come on people - adopt a family. You will feel so good x-mas morning knowing that you made it possible for a needy family to have a nice holiday.

As Johnny Dare says - it's a hand up, not a hand out.

If you just have people you work with pool money together, you can easily help a family.

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