While I'd love to think I helped do my part with my post, "Why You Shouldn't Give to the Salvation Army this Holiday Season," it seems that the Giant Food supermarket chain is the reason why Salvation Army donations are down dramatically this year in Washington, DC.
In the 16 days that ended Dec. 1, Washington-area Salvation Army ringers collected $404,894, or about 15 percent less than in the same period last year, said Kenneth Forsythe, a spokesman for the organization. It collected $68,271 outside Giant stores, a 75 percent drop from the same period last year, Mr. Forsythe said.
"We're uncomfortable turning families away right now," he said. "And it's not going to get any better in January."
Why are donations down? The supermarket chain decided to allow other charities the ability to dun shoppers for donations instead of giving those rights exclusively to the Salvation Army. Kudos to Giant Foods for helping the other organizations who don't have a history of discriminating against LGBT people.
The Salvation Army might be "uncomfortable turning away families right now," unless it's a queer family, of course. Then they have no problem saying, "It doesn't get better."