The Findlay area Salvation Army is behind on donations this Christmas season.

Salvation Army Major Herb Carter said donations are down $5,000 as of Dec. 8, compared to the same time period in 2016.

“We’re kind of in panic mode at the moment,” Carter said.

So far, Carter said the charity has raised $35,000, down from $40,000 one year ago. Carter added last year’s numbers were also lower than what they wanted them to be.

The Salvation Army is trying to raise $90,000 this year.

He said if the money is not raised, budget cuts may occur the next year.

While the drive generally raises more money in the second half of the month, Carter said the red kettles will be out one fewer day this year since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday.

Donations can be sent in a check to 301 Center St., Findlay, marked in the memo as 2017 Red Kettle campaign, or people can donate online at

Online donors will be asked for a ZIP code that sends the money to the Findlay area Salvation Army. Red kettles are also set up at various locations around Findlay.