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Mid-State Charities Seeing A Decrease In Donations

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by Janet Kim

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Organizations across the mid-state have found that donations were down this holiday, and said they're starting to fear some families might be left without presents under the tree. 

This year, the big needs have been food, clothes, and toys. From the Salvation Army to local toy drives, organizations said they'll be making a big push the next two weeks before Christmas. 

"There is no worse feeling than when the kids have been called up to get their gifts and there is a kid that has no gift," said Captain Clay Mackey with the Franklin Fire Department. "We've done that before, and we planned a little bit before, but that's not an option, it's just not an option. We can't fail."

Officials with the Franklin Fire Department said they had to extend its toy and clothing drive nearly a week because donations were below normal. The Salvation Army Angel Tree had 2300 angels that were not adopted this year.

In 2012, the organization had a thousand not adopted. 

"We just want them to have to have a great Christmas," said Salvation Army Commander Ed Lee. 

Even food banks are seeing a decrease in donations. Many believe it had something to do with the quick turnaround between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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