Brutal Weather & Short Holiday Season Hits Salvation Army Hard

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

Credit: Nathan France

Brutal Weather & Short Holiday Season Hits Salvation Army Hard

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 3:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The Salvation Army is struggling to keep its programs going, after a dismal fund raising season during the holidays.

Fort Wayne's Salvation Army fell more than $130,000 short of its goal and now might have to turn families away who need assistance with day-to-day living or emergency needs or even cut after-school and homework programs for kids.

Major Harold Poff says the brutal weather and short fund drive season between Thanksgiving and Christmas contributed to the drop off in donations. But he says people may not realize that the holiday fund drive pays for programs all year 'round.

"With the funds that we raise at Christmas, we raise for all year," Major Harold Poff said. "And generally, we're in better shape this time of year than we are at this point in time. So it's making it difficult to meet all of those needs."

You can write a check and put it in the mail to the Salvation Army on North Clinton St or drop it off there or you can go online to SAfortwayne.org and click on the donations link.

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