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Charities see fewer turkeys this year

DENVER, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. charity organizers say the need for donations is higher and the ability to donate lower this year in the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

"We know that people have been struggling with the economy. We can tell with our numbers every day," said Greta Walker of the Denver Rescue Mission, ABC News reported Monday. "This year has been really tough."

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Walker said the mission started its turkey drive Nov. 1 and had no turkeys by Nov. 10.

"And I started to get really worried," she said.

"Across the board, need is going up and people are tightening their wallets. It gets tough to do our jobs," Allison Kuthy of Volunteers of America said.

Fewer people are donating to soup kitchens across the country as "retail prices will be up, on average, about 20 percent this year," for turkeys, said Thomas Elam of Indiana-based FarmEcon, a consulting firm for agricultural companies.

Elam said higher prices for feed for turkeys and a limited supply this year will lower the retailer's incentive to give even charity minded buyers a break.

"You're not going to see the kind of deep, deep discounts and widespread discounts that we had last year," he said.

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