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Charities still need donations

LAMP Ministries, other groups waiting for Christmas help

POSTED: December 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Something shocking has happened at LAMP Ministries, Inc. They haven’t received a single monetary donation.

"Usually at the end of the year we get some donations, but this year we haven’t gotten any," said Mary Mauricio, LAMP Ministries’ executive director.

LAMP Ministries is an organization that provides shelter to troubled teens, runaways, single moms and other people who are hard to place in other shelters. Besides shelter, the organization also offers food, clothing and educational classes to residents. The length of time a person stays at the shelter depends on how long he or she is willing to help, Mauricio says.

With this year wrapping up, LAMP Ministries officials say they are concerned about how they will fare next year.

"We have a grant, but we really couldn’t make it through the year without the help of private donors," Mauricio said. "We trust in the Lord to provide, we are also definitely concerned about the lack of monetary donations."

LAMP Ministries isn’t the only local organization that is feeling the pinch from a lack of donations.

"With the current situation with the economy, from what we’ve heard a lot of nonprofits are hurting right now," said Carol Williams, the United Way of Hall County senior vice president of community impact.

Instead of heading to the mall to buy a gift for that special someone, shoppers may want to think about making a donation in a loved one’s name instead. You’ll not only be helping a charity, but also helping yourself, as such gifts can be used as tax deductions.

"When someone makes a donation as a gift for someone else, we send an acknowledgement letter to the recipient and also to the person who provided the donation," Williams said. "But we encourage everyone to find their passion and make a donation to their favorite nonprofit organizations because a lot of them are suffering from the repercussions of state budget cuts and just a lack of donations."



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