Christmas is near and the Salvation Army's Red Kettle drive is well behind in donations from this same time a year ago.
He adds that this year there are fewer bell-ringing days before the kettles are put away since Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, so the campaign will end on December 23.
The goal this year is $130,000. The religious organization said it had raised a little more than 30 percent of its $750,000 goal.
"Whoever did this knows the good that will come of it", said Salvation Army Capt. Marcos Marquez, officer of The Salvation Army's Moore Street Corps.More news: Apollon Limassol v Everton
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The Salvation Army also facilitates an Angel Tree program where people can purchase a single gift for a child in need.
While he's not sure what's causing the shortfall, Acosta said it might be related to the fact that the agency hasn't been able to recruit enough bell-ringers to staff the 48 Fort Wayne area red-kettle locations.
"From the day I actually started, my buckets have been so full that they have to shove money in there", she said.
Major Thomas Lyle, Allegheny County Coordinator, encourages those who may be shopping online and not visiting our kettles out in the community, "Please remember that time-honored tradition of giving to The Salvation Army at Christmastime, even from the comfort of your couch". Having donated last year, Ms Stammers, one of the teachers from St. Andrew's, was keen to see if the school could donate at least the same amount this year and has been delighted with the response with donations including boxes of lego, jewellery kits, art sets and a range of other toys and useful gifts.