FAIRBANKS - Charities in the Fairbanks area say they've seen an increase in the amount of donors despite the down economy.
Officials from the United Way of Tanana Valley and the Fairbanks Rescue Mission say that people are understanding there is fallout from the economic downturn and are wanting to help out friends and neighbors that have fallen on hard times.
The Rescue Mission says it's seen unusually high numbers of first-time patrons, including a record number of children and larger families. During 2009, the Rescue Mission served more than 73,000 meals to community members. That's up 20,000 more from last year. The Rescue Mission also provided more than 30,000 bed nights, which is 10,000 more than in 2008.
Other local charities seeing an increase in donor participation include some United Way organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Campfire USA, and other unaffiliated nonprofits like KUAC radio station and the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks.