Every year at this time, the Salvation Army collects money to help those in need; but on Friday night, they said this Christmas might not be as bright as it once was.

The Salvation Army says they are seeing a serious drop in donations. As of right now, they say they are expecting to be short of their goal by about $30,000.

The organization acknowledges that the struggling economy is partly to blame, but they say the biggest factor is a drop in the number of bell ringer volunteers. There simply are not as many people collecting money compared to previous holiday seasons.

"That was one thing that we were looking for, and hoping to see a large amount of people coming in this year," said Valentin Garcia of the Salvation Army. "But unfortunately that didn't happen this year."

The Salvation Army needs all the help they can get. If you would like to make a donation, you still can. They say they will be open this weekend from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and are located at 513 Josephine Street. For more information, call 361-884-9498.