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Fiscal cliff nearing; local non-profits impacted


McLennan County--While congressmen bicker over tax cut proposals to avoid a fiscal cliff, local non-profit organizations are feeling it close to home.

Agencies like the Caritas of Waco say their funding is growing scarce. Buddy Edwards, the Executive Director at the Caritas of Waco needs $90,000 in donations in order to help the 100 families that need assistance everyday.

"We feel like without this kind of support we are not able to do the kinds of programs and services that are beneficial to the community in terms of emergency funds," Edwards said.

The Salvation Army is another non-profit agency that is struggling to stay afloat. Major Dan Ford says their agency is dealing with a $60,000 deficit. Their kettle donations are down $4,000 from last year.

"The reality is if everyone in McLennan County just put one dollar in we would meet our goal," Ford said.

Then there's the Advocacy Center for crime victims and children. Executive director Amy Perkins says the rate of abuse among kids increases around the holidays. Their need for donations is crucial.

"With People who have been victimized, the smallest things make just the biggest difference," Perkins said.

The center collects toiletries, gift cards, and clothing for abused children. This year they are in great need of gifts for adolescent teens.

All three agencies say with the fiscal cliff deadline looming many people are choosing to save their money just in case it happens. They are hoping the men and woman in cCngress do a lot less talking and reach an agreement, so local residents do a lot more giving.

You can drop of donations at these three agencies:

Caritas of Waco--300 South 15th Street, Waco, TX 76701

Advocacy Center--2323 Columbus Ave. Waco, TX 76701

The Salvation Army--4721 West Waco Drive, Waco TX 76710

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