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Charities Struggle During Holiday Season

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Dec. 3, 2013 5:45 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 4, 2013 10:27 AM EST

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Struggling Charities
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Many charities in our region need help to give needy children a good Christmas. This year a lot of them are struggling.

"We don't have enough toys for our children," says Cricket Hudson who started the Cricket Kid's Foundation 30 year ago. Hudson says, "I need quite a few more toys because we usually have 2000 kids. This year people like myself, business is down and they haven't been able to help the other people like they usually do. I'm looking for people giving toys to my children and I hope I get enough."

United Way of the River cities is in the charity business, helping thousands of people in five counties. But around the holidays they need an extra push.

Kaylin Adkins with United Way says, "It's an everyday struggle to ask people for money when they feel like they can't necessarily give it. I think it's a lot of different factors, maybe they don't know enough about a cause and don't want to support 100 percent and don't want to put their money where they don't know where it's going. The economy plays into it and with all the healthcare issues going on right now. They're being cautious with money."

Whether it's the United Way or an annual holiday party, Cricket Hudson says being optimistic pays off. "It is scary, but the Lord's helped me out and he will again this year."

Anybody curious about a particular charity can contact the Secretary of State's Office if they suspect a scam.



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