LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The Salvation Army of Angelina County is starting to worry.
Two weeks now until Christmas and they're way behind in donations.
Right now, the Salvation Army is more than $50,000 shy of their goal.
Since the start of the recession, the local captain said they've seen a 50 percent increase in the number of people who need help.
If they don't reach their goal by Christmas Eve, they'll have to tighten their belts.
"When we don't have the funding that we need for the programs that we have, it's heartbreaking to tell someone no that we can't help you because we don't have the funding," said Captain John Branscum.
You won't see credit card machines at the kettles anymore. It just didn't work out last year.
If you want to donate, drop your money in a red kettle where you hear bell ringers around town, or just drop off or mail your contribution to the Salvation Army on South Third Street in Lufkin.