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Time running out to help area charities

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Agencies charged with helping those in need are in need themselves.  The United Way is more than $1 million dollars short of its $5.4 million goal with just two weeks to go in the year.  It has raised $4.2 million so far with a little more than two weeks left to go in the campaign.

Some of the children who play basketball at the YMCA would not able to, if it were not for the help of the United Way.   Funding helps the YMCA provide teen development programs and memberships for families who otherwise couldn't afford it.

"This is an excellent place for kids to come and learn important values like teamwork, and working together and it just gives them a place to come and get away and learn how to play sports and play together," said attorney Grant Sexton, who coaches at the Southeast Branch.

The Salvation Army receives around 20 percent of its funding from the United Way. But the agency has a more immediate concern: making sure the kids who are a part of the Angel Tree program get the toys they need. 

About 1700 people in the area have pledged to help area kids, but fewer than 300 have actually brought those toys into the collection center.  The Salvation Army needs those in by Friday.

"The ones that have not come in by this Friday, we will actually have to go out and purchase gifts for them," said Major Steve Justice, Commander of the Montgomery Salvation Army.  "So that we make sure when their parents arrive on Monday to pick up their gifts, every one of those kids have toys to have for Christmas."

The Salvation Army is also in need of more volunteers to help sort the toys for the Angel Tree program.  You can give them a call at 334-265-0281.  For more information on the United Way, you can call 334-264-7318 or visit their website at www.riverregionunitedway.org.


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