Service Agencies Scared of Donor Fatigue

Americans have really dug deeply into their pockets this year to help those suffering from disasters.

Tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes have stretched money, resources and man-hours to the limit.

For local service agencies it was a very busy year for disaster relief and donations, whether it be for the victims of tsunamis, hurricanes or earthquakes, helping people down on their luck and homeless, jobless or just not being able to make ends meet.

And now a new scare could be just around the corner. It’s called donor fatigue.

With the holiday season fast approaching, some are concerned there will be little or nothing left for local people who need donations and goodwill year around.

One agency, The Salvation Army, has serve communities for over 100 years. People rely on the organization for food, money and clothing, and the Holiday Kettle donations bring in more money than any other time of the year.

But after an abnormally busy summer season, some people are worried that donor energy and resources will run very low before the pivotal time of the upcoming holidays.

Capt. David Worthy heads up the Salvation Army operations in Panama City and says, “Yesterday there were people here lined up outside the building and the parking lot was full. We are meeting the needs of the evacuees who have settled here. This year has certainly been a monumental year for us. It has taxed all of the social service agencies around here. The Salvation Army is not alone in this.”

Capt. Worthy says even thought the hurricane evacuees have put a big extra load on them, their efforts to help local people continues.