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Southaven charity faces tough times

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Impact Missions of Southaven, one of the regions most recognizable charitable organizations, has helped children and others in need for many years. Now, the charity is facing the closure of its facilities as the result of the economic downturn.

"We're in a situation where the next 90 days will determine whether or not the ministry survives," CEO David Donaldson said. "The flip side of that is come October and November, we'll have enough funds to carry us into next year.
         
With several different ministries under one umbrella, which include a counseling ministry, Children's Crisis Care Center, Girls Home and a thrift store in Southaven, the cost to run each operation can be high.

Donaldson said he depends on the kindness of others to make ends meet. 

"(We need) about $20,000 through the remainder of June," he said. "July, August, September about the same amount. In October, we have enough coming to take care of our budget for almost nine months."

The thrift store has traditionally done well, bringing in an average of about $4000 dollars a month. Recently, however, spending has decreased.

"We've seen our customers dwindle down a lot," store manager Jacob Donaldson said. "Where people would usually spend $50-60 dollars with us, they're spending a dollar, five dollars with us now."

Meanwhile the elder Donaldson says he always has hope.

"God will make a way, absolutely," he said.

Donaldson said he is getting donations from other organizations, but the need is still great. If you would like to donate to Impact Missions, call (662) 253-0232.

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