‘Seasonal giving’ is said to be in short supply this year

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – With less than a week before Christmas, two local charities are running thousands of dollars behind on donation goals.

The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is continuing its ‘Save Our Mission’ campaign to raise money for the new building.

Seventy percent of the annual donations are made in the last three months of each year, however, monthly donation goals have fallen short.

The mission houses 114 people each night, on average, 32 of them are children.

“It’s always tough this time of the year, you know having so many children in the house and really not the facilities to take care of them as adequately as we had hoped,” said Lynn Wyant of the Rescue Mission.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is a national organization but Major Paul Moore said donations help local people.

“It doesn’t go somewhere else. It goes here, where people you might see, and might know can use it and need it,” Moore said.

The organization is $90,000 short of the $325,000 goal.¬†This year’s goal was lowered, after the Salvation Army fell short of its $350,000 goal in 2016.

Wyant said the most helpful thing is for people to give money, “The need is the financial need, not nearly as fun to donate but really does help our bottom line.”