Charities deal with donations drop

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- Friday, volunteers prepared for a whirlwind of charity events about to sweep the River Region.

They're anxious, however, because donations aren't what they used to be.

"It's affecting everybody, and I think a lot of what's happening is people are afraid to commit this year," explained Lisa Hemphill of the Arthritis Foundation.

The foundation is on track to meet last year's numbers, but their plan for financial growth is gone.

At Montgomery's Riverwalk, the March of Dimes prepared for their March for Babies and hope for a strong showing.

Donations are down, though.  Organizers hope to raise $150,000 this year--suffering a $30,000 hit from 2008.

The projections aren't encouraging.

"Everybody's worried about the future.   Hopefully it will get better sooner than later," said Courtney Watson of the March of Dimes.

Donors have their own problems to worry about.

"Utility bills went up, and you're definitely not making any more money at work, so everybody's feeling it," said Kimberly Patrick of Montgomery

"If I have an extra 20 dollars, I'll give an extra 20 dollars, but if I don't have it, I'm not going to give it.  I'll give whatever I have," explained LaTonya Lewis, also of Montgomery.

With money tight everywhere you turn, coming up with some extra cash can be tricky, but the causes remain and the need for donations is stronger than ever.

"That doesn't stop everybody that's hurting and has a need," Hemphill said.