Organizations worried about donations ahead of Thanksgiving

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 4, 2014)-- More than three weeks before Thanksgiving, some local organizations are stating donations are lower than last year.

Mozel Sanders Foundation Inc. has been feeding people for more than 40 years and every Thanksgiving they put together a big dinner. This year, they expect to feed about 41,000 people. The president and CEO of the organization said it’ll cost them more than $80,000.

“I want everybody to have a turkey dinner. My father-in-law started this up 43 years ago and we’re going into our 44th year and we just need your help,” Stephanie Sanders said.

By this time of year, Sanders said their organization should have already received about $30,000 in donations. She said they are short by $10,000.

“It’s a little rougher this year because times are rougher. (The price of) food has gone up and unemployment is better, but the money isn't coming in. Donations aren't coming in,” Sanders said.

Sanders is hopeful they will reach their goal.

“We are people of faith and we’re going to feed the hungry because we are the Hoosier Hospitality Indiana state,” Sanders said.

The Good Samaritan Network in Hamilton County is also searching for more donations.

“We sent out donation letters and we’re just waiting on responses from people. Most of our money comes from the grassroots people and (the) community and everyone’s feeling the impact of the economy,” said Nancy Chance with the Good Samaritan Network.

They have two Thanksgiving dinners and feed close to 1,000 people. They also deliver 1,600 meals. They need to raise about $13,000 to pay for it. Chance said they have only raised $500, but they are hopeful it will turn around.

“We’re always cautiously optimistic, but we always come through,” Chance said.

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