Donations to The Salvation Army of Lake County are down so far this year, but they are still higher than the national average.
Through Saturday, $648,383 has been raised, which is 63 percent of the season's goal, said Major Robert Buttrey.
"Unfortunately, that's about $40,000 behind last year at this time," he said.
Kettle collections are about 2 percent behind last year's totals, and general donations are down $30,000 compared to last year.
In the past, a significant amount of donations have arrived between Christmas and New Year's Day. Buttrey said he hopes this year is no different.
"I'm hoping it's mostly timing," he said.
The Christmas collection campaign lasts Oct. 1 through Jan. 30. Although it covers a third of the year, time wise, the collection accounts for more than 50 percent of yearly revenue, Buttrey said.
More than 6,800 children so far this season received toys through The Salvation Army of Lake County, he said.
Donations can be mailed to The Salvation Army, 8225 Columbia Ave., Munster, IN 46321.