Salvation Army Seeing Increased Need in Tough Economy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Salvation Army Major George Hood says
the Christian charity was created to minister to people in
desperate need, whether it's because of the economy or a natural

Amid business shutdowns and layoffs, Hood says Americans have
been making smaller donations to the Salvation Army in recent months, but there's been an increase in the number of donors.

He says the Salvation Army has been trimming non-essential costs so it can meet the growing need and share God's love with those who are suffering.

Hood says that's a God-given mission -- and a divine resource -- that secular charities don't have.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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