End of the year giving helps non-profits make budgets

By Arielle Clay

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - You know the ringing of the Salvation Army bell well.  For many it's the perfect prompt to pull out some money and give back.

"Generally I try to stop every year and just drop a little in the bucket because I'm so blessed," Kyle Shavers said after dropping some money in the red kettle.

To make their good deeds throughout the year possible the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations depend heavily on holiday generosity.

"This is by far the biggest drive that we have every year that essentially funds us every single day," Brian Wallace of the Salvation Army said.

These last days of the year are also a big deal for Urban Ministry, Inc.  About 25 percent of their yearly budget is raised in December.  The organization provides a slew of services from a soup kitchen to an after school program.

In November Fox 6 News reported how that program was shut down because of a lack of funding. Thanks to holiday donations and giving, Urban Ministries will be able to start the program again starting in January.

"The budget was in crisis mode coming into the end of the year and we have just had a tremendous response to that," Tom Duley, Executive Director of Urban Ministry, said.

So, while you're giving this year remember that for those in need your generosity will be felt year round.

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