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Shortened holiday season means fewer days of support for non-profits

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You didn't see the bell ringers as much this holiday season because of fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You didn't see the bell ringers as much this holiday season because of fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The shortened holiday season this year means less time for donation drives and charitable collections by non-profits.

Thanksgiving on November 28 did not leave much room for holiday shopping or giving with Christmas less than four weeks away.

The Salvation Army in Wilmington will have roughly $30,000 less than it did at this time last year, according to Major Watts. He said it won't stop the organization from keeping its commitment to approximately 20,000 people in the Cape Fear area.

"That goes without saying," he said. "But it does mean in the winter months when things get tough that we may not always have the resources we need."

Whatever's left from the collections and donation drives, typically carries over to the families who need help after the holidays, according to Watts. Less time for bell ringers to attract change into red kettles, means more support will be needed in the coming months.

Watts echoed the old slogan from the Salvation Army's red kettles, "Need knows no season."

As the popular giving season winds down, Watts said he encourages everyone to give their time more than anything else.

"A donation is always helpful," he said. " but you know volunteering, getting involved…there are a lot of agencies in our community that depend on volunteers."

Even though the calendar did not provide enough time for support, Watts said he is grateful for the continued giving from the community.

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