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Charities Worry About Fiscal Cliff Crisis

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Maureen Wurtz, Meghan McRoberts

OMAHA (KPTM)- As of Sunday, lawmakers haven't reached a deal on the fiscal cliff crisis.

If there's no deal, charities could take a hit. That's because you won't be able to write off as much in charitable donations on your taxes.

 It's comfort in crisis. "There's always room at the inn, I say," said Doug Zbylut, of the Ronald McDonald house.

The Ronald McDonald house offers families a place to stay while their kids are in the hospital. "I get these check, I go why do we get these checks? Did we ask for it? No, people were just giving out of generosity," said Zbylut.

The Ronald McDonald house relies solely on private donations.

"You see that a lot of people have either stayed at a Ronald McDonald house or they know someone who's stayed at a Ronald McDonald house," said Zbylut.

The Omaha house has been open since 1994.

Zbylut is worried that it will be harder to keep the doors open if the fiscal cliff crisis isn't solved. "It's not only the charitable donations, but people worried about are they going to have cuts," said Zbylut. "Is there going to be higher unemployment?"

Zbylut  said that puts more strain on charities and non-profits. "There might be a larger client base out there of people that have needs."

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