Charity organizations feel the holiday pinch
During the 27 years "Kids Yule Love" has been in existence, only once has founder Joe Allen not been able to produce toys for all the children in the program.
"It's hard to tell people that Santa's sled broke down, but that's what I had to tell them," Allen said.
This year Allen is feeling the same pinch. With Christmas quickly approaching, the program only has enough gifts for 200 of it's 1,300 kids.
"The people are not picking up the tags off the trees, they're not taking toys to the fire stations, I mean it's just, it's unbelievable," Allen said.
While Allen is hopeful a last minute rush of contributors will help save the season, his organization is just one of many anticipating help to get it through the end of the year.
"Charities are experiencing the same things in this economic climate that a lot of people are, you know, everyone is having to cut back and everyone has needs that need to be met," said Community Foundation Director of Donor Services Julia Wood.
Wood says many people wait until the final days of the year to make contributions, but she's hopeful many service organizations were helped out this year by the first ever Georgia Gives Day. The day was a collaborative effort, where programs in Central Georgia raised more than $50,000 after people in the community were encouraged to give back.
"A lot of the local non profits that we work with said that it was their single best day for on-line contributions in 2012," Wood said.
But for Allen and his program it wasn't enough. He needs donations, and he needs them now, so his volunteer staff can organize everything and get the toys to kids before Christmas.
"We're not somebody (that) can poof and get (toys) to the people right away, this is something that has to be done and has to be done as soon as possible," Allen said.