"This year has been a little tough for us", Captain Brian Goodwill said.
Services will not be cut outright, but the quantity of what is provided could be altered if the aforementioned goal is not met by the Christmas deadline, Cole said.
But Capt. Jamie Locke of the Salvation Army says that's about $700,000 short of their goal.
But the age-old tradition of dropping money into the kettle is not as popular as it once was.
The community's effort this season thus far has been appreciated, Cole said.
"I was told this is normal", Buck said regarding the low donations.
A Salvation Army bell ringer in Ontario, Oregon from the got a big surprise Monday.
The Salvation Army has 23 locations in the Maritimes. Remember the need and donate as you pass kettle or volunteer to be a bell ringer. The Red Kettle campaign ends at the end of the day Saturday.
But like credit card technology, the DipJars have processing fees that can eat into donations, so the local Salvation Army is waiting to see whether they bring in enough extra donations to cover the cost, Justvig said.
"We just don't have the manpower that we've had in the past with workers coming out - seasonal workers - to come out and ring bells for us", Mockabee explained. If we had donations, we would not have had to spend that $4000 on groceries for Christmas.
It was a busy morning for hundreds of volunteers as the Salvation Army distributed gifts from its annual "Angel Tree" Christmas outreach. That's $1.1 million across the Maritimes.
"I'm pretty much a homeless person who just had a baby and needs help", Hernandez said.
Yet, the Christmas kettle campaign remains of vital importance, he said.
"All we can do is just pray that people continue to support and step up and we need to trust and believe that it's going to come in", Fifield said. "We don't want anyone to feel that way". The campaign concludes December 23.