NESCONSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The president of the FealGood Foundation, which assists first responders and others who were injured in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said his organization may not be able to keep operation efficiently next year.

FealGood Foundation founder and president John Feal told 1010 WINS the foundation has been struggling.

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The foundation, based in Nesconset, Long Island, relies on donations from across the country. It had run smoothly since its opening, but the number of supporters has declined. This year was the first the foundation had to apply for a grant for financial help, and the grant was denied.

Since the launch of the nonprofit charity in 2005, over $1 million has been donated to 9/11 responders and their families with the help of small charitable donations from individuals across the country.

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Resources have also been donated to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Feal told 1010 WINS thinks the damage caused by Sandy, the dwindling economy, and time passing since the 9/11 attacks, snowballed into the drop in support.

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