The Salvation Army says its Red Kettle campaign is off to a sluggish start this year.
People just aren't donating enough, according to the organization.
The money from the campaign is used to fund the charity's food and shelter programs.
Salvation Army workers say they're alarmed, and that donations for the Detroit area are behind by as much as $400,000.
Other non-profit charitable organizations are reporting the same thing and say they hope donations will pick up before the end of the month.