Salvation Army Donations Down

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Salvation Army is struggling with dwindling donations across the country that will make it hard to give long-term assistance after a disaster. A spokesman for the charity says "we have to hope and pray" this year's hurricane season is mild.

The organization will continue to provide the basics, food, water and shelter, said Maj. George Hood, the Salvation Army's national spokesman.

But it isn't likely to offer more costly recovery aid, such as the $10,000 grants that were given to Hurricane Katrina victims to help them repair their homes.

The religious charity also has given mortgage, rent and down payment assistance to disaster victims in the past.

The Salvation Army's cost-cutting moves include plans to close two offices along the Hurricane-prone Gulf coast: one in Mississippi's Hancock County Aug. 28 and one in Metairie, La., in December. Both were Katrina recovery centers.


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