Number of NH families in need grows
The Salvation Army will help 1,185 families this holiday season — 200 more than last year, Rader said."It's probably true to say the need is growing and the donations are declining," Rader continued.
"The shelters are full," she said. Many families are forced to lead itinerant lifestyles, moving in with relatives and friends for a few weeks or months at a time then moving on to live with someone else, Rader said.
Families also are reaching out for help because they were just laid off or lost their seasonal employment, Rader said.
Rader noted the Salvation Army's red kettles so far have brought in about 15 percent less in donations than last year.
The generosity of Santa Fund donors makes it possible for the holidays to still be a joyful time. The Santa Fund makes food, clothing and gifts available during the holiday season, so ﬁnancially stressed families can put their resources toward paying bills for basic needs.
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