AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - We are just days away from the start of the new year, and now more than ever, charities are asking for your donations. One organization in particular in the CSRA is asking for quite a bit if help.
The Salvation Army right here in Augusta is hoping to raise $24,000 by December 31.
While Red Kettle donations have gone up significantly for 2015, the number of mail in donations. and monetary donations as a whole are down drastically.
Salvation Army workers said with the closing of two shelters this year, the Center of Hope is over-capacity every single night, and they don't see this trend stopping any time soon.
While the $24,000 is a lofty goal, workers at the shelter are reminding people that even the smallest donation goes a long way when combating the homeless problem in Augusta.
"Buying food for the shelter, paying for electric to keep the lights on, keep the heat on, keep the air conditioning on in the shelter," said John Sebby, the Development Director for the shelter. "It goes to help assistance for people in need, it goes to staff, to case workers to make sure those homeless people not only get out, but have a workable plan so they'll succeed when they leave. We will make a difference in their lives. We take the dollar and we stretch it so thin you can see through it before we spend it."
There are a couple of ways you can donate to the Salvation Army. You can donate online, you can call 1-800 SAL-ARMY (725-2769), or you can mail a check to 1384 Greene St. Augusta, GA 30901.