From AP Reports

OAKS, Okla. (AP) A shelter in northeastern Oklahoma has had to cut its staff and the number of children it serves after donations dropped off during the economic downturn.

Executive director David Schacle says the Oaks Indian Mission has laid off two employees and reduced the number of children at the shelter by about half to 30.

Schacle also took out a $40,000 personal loan to help pay for expenses such as food, salaries and utilities.

The mission about 20 miles northeast of Tahlequah does not receive funding from the government and is paid for solely through donations. The children living there are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment or their parents simply cannot afford to take care of them.