That looming fiscal cliff is impacting charities nationwide, and here in Lubbock, at a time when many are in their peak fundraising period.
Contributions to Lubbock's Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign account for more than 58 percent of the organization's budget. Major Tim Grider says with recent reductions in grant funding for social services and shelters, cost-cutting steps have been taken. The kettle drive is currently $7200 dollars behind what's expected. Grider is concerned donors may be holding back during these uncertain times.
"I think that the big scare amongst the folks in our community is just what's going to happen," Grider said.
"The fiscal cliff, the big scary word there, and all the impact that they think that's going to make, we've got to remember that we're still here. We're operating year round the Salvation Army, and we raise most of our budget this time of the year. I promise that if they help us we'll be able to help others."
The Lubbock Salvation Army now has 36 red kettle bell ringer sites in the area. They're accepting donations through Christmas Eve. Grider says volunteers are needed to help man each of those locations.