Several Charities Need Boost in Donations

For more information on donating to the United Way in Hastings click HERE.

For more information on the Red Kettle Campaign click HERE.

Some charities and non profits are seeing just how much the economy is impacting people's budgets this time of year.

The United Way of South Central Nebraska needs a little boost in funding as does the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is just one of many organizations that receives money from the Untied Way each year.

"If we didn't have the funding we wouldn't be able to create as many matches as we do," said Hastings Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Darci Meyer.

The United Way gets its support from you during its campaign each year, but this year is a bit different. Money is tight, and the campaign is behind.

"There is some big picture things with the fiscal cliff and tax rates going up that is causing some fear," said United Way Campaign Chair Terry Anstine.

Optimism is high they will raise the $451,000 goal even if it takes a bit longer.

Right now, they're about 72 percent of the way there, but it may not be the same story for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign in Hastings.

"We are behind this time last year by about22 percent so obviously we are concerned about that," said Major Abe Tamayo.

Raising just over $60,000 dollars so far - they have a ways to go.

"We are just asking people if they can dig a little deeper send in some money to help us help people all year round," said Tamayo.

The Red Kettle campaign in Grand Island is just over halfway to its goal, but it may require a large gift to meet goal, just as it did last year.


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