LOCK HAVEN -- Christmas is less than two weeks away and this year the Salvation Army in Clinton County is down in donations. The nonprofit may not be able to help as many families as they have in years past.
Almost every morning until Christmas, a group of ladies will meet at the Salvation Army in Clinton County to count donations collected in red kettles.
At the end of the month, the money, toys, and private donations will help hundreds of families in Clinton County celebrate Christmas.
"314 families, and we are about 500 kids is where we are at right now," said Tabitha Hayes.
Last year the nonprofit reached its goal of about $50,000. This year volunteers are worried they won't.
"Sometimes we see trends where we are down a little bit but I don't think we have ever been $4,000 behind for kettles," said Hayes.
That money doesn't just go towards toys. It also helps feed dozens of families that otherwise may not have a Christmas meal.
"That many families that are on our waiting list aren't going to be served, that they will have to go somewhere else, if there is somewhere else," Hayes added.
Amanda Harkinson comes to the Salvation Army for lunch and hopes to get a box of food for Christmas. But this mother has other expenses on her mind, too. Her 8-year-old daughter Dawn has stomach cancer.
"She wants a Barbie Dream House and that's $179. Santa may not be able to bring it," Harkinson said.
The Salvation Army in Clinton County will be collecting toys and monetary donations until Christmas Eve.