The Salvation Army of Harrisonburg says fewer people are dropping money in the kettles this year. Contributions to the kettle drive are down $11,000 compared to last year. The mailing campaign is also down about $22,000.
The Salvation Army says reaching the fund raising goals is very important, because the majority of its yearly budget is collected during the holiday season.
"We're not sure if it's entirely because of the increasing gas prices or the overall economy. People in the Valley are very generous and they certainly have helped. We've met our goal with our turkey drive. Right now, we're just trying to meet our goal with our kettles," says Christal Yowell, the Director of Development.
"Well, I know that the shopping is down. I don't think there is as many people out in the stores, but it makes me want to do more," says Dick Winters, a contributor.
The Salvation Army normally has bell ringers out until December 22, but this year, since contributions are so low, they'll be ringing until Christmas Eve.