Donations to the The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign are down 21 percent this year, officials with the organization said.
With just eight days left in 2013, they're hoping to raise more money so that they can continue to meet the needs of CSRA residents.
Major Tony Perez, Augusta-area commander, attributes the low kettle numbers to a variety of factors, including rainy Saturdays, the uncertainty of the economy and fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Due to the late Thanksgiving date this year, the kettle season is shorter by five days, which means a local potential loss of $26,000 compared to last year, officials said. Nationwide, five fewer bell ringing days equates to about $20 million less for The Salvation Army.
"We are very concerned about the lost kettle days this year and how it will impact those who are hurting," Perez said. "We're hoping that people will remember their neighbors in need when making year-end donations this year."
Donations will help ensure provision of hot meals and safe beds for those in need throughout the rest of the winter months, Perez said.
Donations can be made by phone by calling John Sebby, director of development, at 706-434-3177 or by visiting SalvationArmyAugusta.org.
Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army of Augusta, c/o Development Department, 1384 Greene St., Augusta, GA 3090.
Donations must be received or postmarked by Dec. 31 for tax deductions this year. For those wishing to donate household items automobiles or clothing, The Salvation Army will be hosting a Donate-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 28 at the West Town Shopping Center.