Patriotic Giving Could Impact Local Charities

Americans have been pouring out their hearts and opening their checkbooks in response to the terrorist attack on New York and Washington D.C.

Charitable giving in response to the tragedy continues.

But the outpouring of national donations could mean less contributions for local charities.

Rose Dellenger organized  a po boy sale to raise money for families of the victims in New York and Washington D.C. Her fellow employees at the Isle of Capri corporate office had wanted to do something to help.

It's that kind of patriotic giving that's gripped America lately.

Isle of Capri boss, Jack Galloway, applauds the efforts. But he also realizes such giving could also mean fewer donations for the United Way campaign, which he chairs.

"The dilemma, the downside, is our local agencies are going to suffer. What we've found here at the Isle is some of our people are increasing their total giving to compensate for that. And we hope the people, all the people in the community, are going to do the same thing," said Galloway.

Moore Community House is among the United Way funding recipients that could suffer if the annual campaign falls short. The social service agency provides child care and education programs for the children of low income families.

"Our funding is very important. It assists parents in keeping jobs. It assists parents in being able to afford a safe place for their children to attend. And it helps them to have peace of mind," said Jerlean Osborne of Moore Community House.

Donations to United Way will continue to support the kids at Moore. And this year's campaign chairman is convinced there's enough "giving heart" to help local needs and reach out to hurting Americans.

"But you know what,  it's also good to give to those people who've had such a terrible time in New York. How could I say, don't give to them? You can't say that. You just have to give. And maybe give more," said Galloway.