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Arc: $75,000 debt could sink agency
by Shalyn Roberts
Dec 18, 2008 | 692 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SALT LAKE CITY — The Arc, a 50-year old agency that affects people all over the state-including Davis County-who need holiday help, announced that despite the need to pay off more than $75,000 in debt, Santa will still be coming.

The Arc of Utah board of directors have given orders to bring Santa and pay off the debt. The Arc said it is struggling with overwhelming debt from all the help it gives to low-income people and people with intellectual disabilities. The Arc serves people through the Holiday Gift Box Program, for which donors are still being sought out.

Businesses are still adopting ornaments for individuals and giving them to their employees as gifts as a way to help the community. But The Arc says it still needs more volunteers. The Arc also said it will only be accepting two types of financial donations this year.

The Arc will only accept money designated to the Holiday Gift Box and money specifically designated to debt reduction. The Arc of Utah board of directors said this is an attempt to sort out the financial difficulties and insure no further debt is caused.

The recycling program has been reduces to only include items dropped off at The Arc at Thrifttown in Salt Lake City and neighborhood, business and church drives. The only drivers that will be used will be volunteers, and they will only be driving donated trucks.

The Arc said, “year-end may well bring the closure of this 50-year-old agency, but Santa will have come and hopefully debt will be taken care of.”

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