By Abby Reed
MIDLAND/ODESSA - Doing the most good with the little donations they're getting. That's the dilemma for the Salvation Army in both Midland and Odessa. Fewer people are donating to the cause but more people are needing their services.
'There is a huge need this year," Lt. Stephen Correira with the Odessa Salvation Army, said.
That huge need for help this holiday season has Salvation Army Bell ringers ringing as hard as they can, trying to encourage folks to give.
"The requirement for services is up about 20 to 25 percent. So what we're seeing is that, while we need more money in order to meet the needs of the community, we're not receiving as much," Correira said.
The Salvation Army in Odessa says they have seen more folks coming in, needing utility and rent assistance. However, they're seeing fewer people donate. In fact, right now, they are down about 8-10 percent.
"We're seeing that people are really concerned with their bills and what's going on in their lives and we think that it's probably impacting the giving this year," Corriera said.
The giving in Midland is a similar.
"We started out really slow, but this week, we've seen massive amounts of people coming in, every day," Benjamin Lebow with the Salvation Army, said.
The Salvation Army in Midland says they have struggled a little with donations, especially the giving of toys for this year's Angel Tree. However, they are optimistic folks will give.
"I think we're starting to get there, we still have plenty of angels out there that needed to be adopted, that we need to get the presents for. We're starting to get more gifts, so it's starting to look good," Lebow said.