LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With increasing requests for assistance and a lagging economy, Salvation Army leadership in Lewiston, Maine is worried about a decrease in Christmas Kettle donations.
"We are $7,500 behind compared to last year's income at this time," said Lieutenant Jason Brake, Salvation Army Lewiston Commander.
Last year, the kettle campaign raised $68,870.00. With the anticipation of more demand for assistance, The Salvation Army raised this year's goal to $73,000.00.
Right now, donations are lagging $7,500 behind where they were at this time last year.
The Salvation Army relies heavily on income from its annual Red Kettle Campaign that supports holiday assistance and the many programs and services offered to families in need throughout the year. It has 1505 children signed up to get Christmas presents this year. The Salvation Army had to stop taking names early this year, knowing donations were not keeping pace with demand. Still Lt. Brake says he has faith the community will come through for those in need.