The Steubenville Salvation Army fell $10,000 short of its annual fundraising goal and is asking the community for assistance in overcoming that shortfall.
According to Maj. Earline May, the Salvation Army will have to cut services for local assistance if the goal isn't met by Monday.
"My greatest concern is we are $10,000 behind ... ," she said. The funds "usually go toward needs at Christmas and also carry us through the first of the year for the food pantry and the other services we provide."
May thanked business, organizations, individuals and churches that have sponsored the Salvation Army so far this year, including kettle drive host stores. She also thanked Angel Tree sponsors and volunteers.
"Thank you to all the bell ringers, businesses and groups who partnered with the Salvation Army this year to meet the need," said May. "This is the first time in 11 years we've had a shortfall."
May said she hopes individuals will come forward with donations, and she's asked local businesses to host office challenges to help raise funds.
"All donations will be accepted through Dec. 31," she said, adding as long as a check is dated Dec. 31, or earlier, donated funds would be used for operations through the end of the year.
May said she is puzzled by the shortfall, since in 2011 the Salvation Army exceeded its goal.
"If people want to donate they can use it as an end-of-the-year tax (exemption)," May added.