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Charitable organizations feeling the pinch of inflation this holiday season

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(Photo: Robin Wendell on Flickr via Creative Commons)
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Iconic Salvation Army Mini Red Kettle and bell at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park at Sunset.

With inflation on the minds of many this holiday season, charitable organizations like the Salvation Army are feeling the pinch.

A recent retail study shows 7 in 10 consumers plan to spend less on holiday shopping this year. And many families reeling from inflation are relying on non-profits to help fill in the gaps with toys, clothing, and food.

So far this season Winston-Salem Salvation Army is down a few thousand dollars in red kettle donations, online giving is slightly up, but food is where inflation may be having the biggest impact.

The agency distributes about 30,000 pounds of it each month, and Director of Marketing and Public Relations Bob Campbell estimates this season there’s been a 10% increase in the number of clients he sees at their pantries in Winston-Salem and Kernersville.

Campbell says there are now online options to giving, including QR codes, and payment by Venmo or even crypto currency, and he’s hopeful other these more recent income streams will help.