Even though the Pulaski County Salvation Army has raised approximately $54,000 so far this holiday season, the organization is still behind in reaching its fundraising goal.
"We're running way behind our fundraising at this point last year," Pulaski County Salvation Army co-chairperson Gary Porter said. "Due to a week less for bell-ringing and weather concerns, we are considerably behind in our goal of $75,000."
At the meeting following the campaign's Tree of Lights Kick-Off event, Porter told board members that he thinks more people in the county will need the help of the Salvation Army this year, considering the August flood, sequestration, and the government shutdown plaguing the local economy.
"We have committed to providing Christmas baskets for 1,000 families this year, so we are considering extending the fundraising to the end of the month," Porter said.
Last year, Pulaski County Salvation Army raised more than $80,000 and distributed 944 Christmas baskets for Good Samaritan Resource Center. The local Salvation Army provided more than $13,948 in food purchases locally, which fed more than 2,700 people.
Porter encourages the community to help the Salvation Army this year.
"We raised over $80,000 last year, but we had run out of funds to help people by July," Porter said. "Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated."