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Yakima Salvation Army Sees A Year of Ups and Downs

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Staff at the Yakima Salvation Army said 2013 had good and bad times when it came to donations and community support. Staff at the Yakima Salvation Army said 2013 had good and bad times when it came to donations and community support.

YAKIMA, WA - Staff at the Yakima Salvation Army said 2013 had good and bad times when it came to donations and community support.

But the year is not over yet, and they are already looking at 2014 and how to make next year better.

"Every year is different, every year with our financial donations it's always push and shove as we get to the end of the year.  Last year at this time we were a little bit higher." Said Lisa Sargent from the Yakima Salvation Army

Each year they look back at what they accomplished, and in 2013 they have seen the good and the bad.

"Monetarily, regular donations are down.  Our kettles are running about the same, and our food donations are way up," said Major jack Smith for the Salvation Army.

With not as many people donating money hey said it is harder to provide for the community.

"It makes it harder, but we still make it happen.  We're not going to turn people away if we can absolutely help it," Smith said.

Volunteers with the organization worked to provide clothes, toys and food to low-income and hungry families during the past few months, but they say after the holidays, the help seems to be forgotten.

"All year long we need volunteers and we do our work with volunteers," Sargent said.

"We'd like to see volunteerism up, I'd like to see the income increase so we can help more people. We're seeing a rise in people who are in need," Smith said.

However, this year the Salvation Army did see more food and toy donations than before, and they say it feels like the community always has their back.

"Just looking back this year, we just think about those, the community that has supported us, the love they share with each other.  It's amazing the kind hearts that are within our community," Sargent said.

The Salvation Army said once they get back from Christmas, they go right into getting ready for their summer programs for kids and they're already planning the next holiday season.

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