A tale of two communities just miles apart shows the disparity in donations this holiday season. In one town, the town’s social services coordinator had so many offers from people willing to “adopt” families that it began directing donors to a nonprofit group in the northern part of the state. In another town, an agency scrambled to get its last few families adopted just days before the holiday, when the families usually are spoken for much earlier in the season.
There are many reasons why some local nonprofits reported a difficult fund-raising year: a tough economy, increased cost of living, reduced contributions from local municipalities and people contributing donations to national causes instead of local ones among them. After a challenging 11 months, some, such as the Galilee Mission to Fishermen in Narragansett and the Jonnycake Center in Peace Dale, report that critical donations came just in time for the holiday season."