The Salvation Army said the economy is hurting its ability to help the needy enjoy a happy Christmas, with the money drying up rapidly.
The quasi-military international charity said it has only raised $250,000, with many of the companies that has helped in the past not coming forward this year.
“To be at 35 per cent two weeks before Christmas, we would need your help. We would need good giving for the next two weeks. Where we are it is quite possible that we will fail to reach our target by at least 25 per cent and we don’t want that because we have the programmes in place that we need to get financed,” Communication Relations Director Major Denzil S Walcott told journalists at the church’s Reed Street, St Michael headquarters.
“There were major companies that helped us last year, some of them are holding back. So, we have not received their cheques as yet,” he explained.
The Salvation Army spokesman said he would like Barbadians to donate despite their economic circumstances, stating that while the charity had to dig into its internal resources to make up for a shortfall last year, there was no such cushion this year.
“In spite of their economic situation, I am counting on them to go beyond to really make it happen for us. What we are calling on, too, is the generosity of Barbadians. Having
returned here after so many years I find social consciousness is there and a sense of giving is there,” Walcott said, while he encouraged Barbadians to be like the wise men who “saw the star over the place where the Christ child lay, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy, they opened treasures and presented him gifts”.