The Salvation Army is looking at a $26 million fundraising shortfall nationwide.
Salvation Army’s Indiana Major John Turner says that‘s mainly due to the shorter holiday shopping season this year.
“We feel pretty good that the community will step up and help us reach that goal again as in years past,” Turner said. “But we just need to make them aware we have fewer shopping days out there and the red kettles won’t be out there as long as they have been in the past.”
This year’s shopping season is six days shorter than last year.
Turner says the local goal is to raise $3.2 million which will mean 522,000 meals and 106,000 nights of shelter for the needy. They fell $10,000 short of that goal last year.
Turner says during Black Friday weekend, the Evansville branch of the Salvation Army topped last year‘s donations.
He says they are still tallying figures for the Indianapolis area.