|Source:VOA News- Tasha Kennard from Second Harves.|
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"In most developed nations, services like sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry and treating the sick, are generally provided by government agencies. However, in the United States, many benevolent tasks are undertaken by non-profit or charitable organizations. All across the United States, those charities are approaching the last few weeks of 2011 with deep concern."
From VOA News
Of course in a recession like this with how much the economy shrunk in 2008-09 and with the economy barely recovering now, even though it picked up to 2.5% last quarter, but still not enough to save Federal, state, and local government's from having to cut their budgets even in social services that help low-income people and other people and of course with people struggling to just pay their own bills if that, people are not going to be as willing to donate money to other people and charity's. And of course charity's and the people they are there to help suffer as a result, which is what is happening right now.