LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's been a tough year for the Lufkin Salvation Army.?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /
People are in the giving mood at this time of year, but the local Salvation Army has not seen as much giving as they usually do.
"Right now we are going to be about $45,000 short of that goal," Cpt. John Branscum said.
The season goal for the group is around $200,000.
"Without that, that's the money that we use to feed people and shelter people," Branscum said.
While the kettle campaign has been going strong, other areas of giving have not been as lucky.
"We have folks with their generous gifts send them in to support our services, and that's where we are falling short is with those gifts that are just anonymous that come in and through our direct mail services as well," Branscum said.
Branscum said it is the small individual gifts that they have not seen, and he said that might be because of the current state of the economy.
"I think it has to do with uncertainty of what's going on around not just here in the United States but here around the world, and or people are just scared."
Despite the deficit, Branscum is still hopeful for a Christmas miracle.
The Salvation Army will be accepting donations from the kettle campaign through Christmas Eve but will be accepting mail in donations or on site donations through the end of the year.