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Non-Profit agency facing major shortage; may have to cut back

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---With less than a few weeks to go until the end of the year, Gordon Brown, the President and CEO of the Home of the Innocents, is personally sending a message to hundreds of past-donors.

He's sending out letters asking for the public's help.

"We just hope our donors hang in there and come through toward the end of the stretch here because the holiday season is when we get our resources in that last us for the whole year," says Gordon Brown.

The Home of the Innocents still needs an additional $300,000 dollars before the end of December to meet their fundraising goal.

They offer services to help kids facing severe crisis, including children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.

They say the economy has continued to increase the need for services for these children.

"Last year, we saw 3,900 children, and that's 1,600 over what we saw the year before," says Gordon Brown.

They've expanded services over the years.

12-years-ago they moved to the empty site where the Bourbon Stockyards once stood.

"Today it's sixteen separate buildings and they're all filled with programs and services for children facing crisis," says Gordon Brown.

Brown knows they're competing with other non-profits at this time of year, but fears if they can't meet their goal, services for some of the 400 children they serve daily could be impacted.

"We would hope we wouldn't have to cut back on services but that's really my only alternative. Without the money I can't continue the services," says Gordon Brown.

The private, non-profit agency will continue to try to raise this money in the new year so they won't have to cut services.

They believe they'll see another significant increase next year in children who need their help.

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