With just over a week to go, the Salvation Army has not yet reached 40 per cent of its $1.2-million 2009 fundraising goal, and that has the organization concerned.

Donations are lagging behind this year and the cold weather has also been detrimental to the campaign, according to Salvation Army Capt. Pam Goodyear.

“We are concerned because so many people are in need due to a variety of unfortunate circumstances and we want to be able to help end the cycle of poverty in our city, but we need everyone’s help,” she said.

The organization believes the economy is also a significant factor in the drop in donations this year, she said: “People are losing their jobs and finding it difficult to find another one. With regular utility payments coming in and high mortgages, many people are finding it difficult to keep up.”