"When we receive donations during the holidays, it's not just for the holiday, but for throughout the year," said Dianne Smeigh, the mission's spokeswoman. "This is our budget amount -- our operating budget for the year."

The mission, based at 367 W. Market St. in York City, has a $200,000 shortfall in donated income, said its executive director, the Rev. Paul Gorog.

With the shortfall, the mission is about 7 percent to 10 percent behind on its budget for the upcoming year, Smeigh said.

"We're just letting people know, donors know that we need their help," she said.

Giving slow: Summer giving has been slow and this trend has continued through the fall and early holiday season, he said.

"This is by far our most critical time of the year," Gorog said. "At Thanksgiving we'll serve a special meal for those in our care and distribute over 1,600 food boxes so low-income families and individuals can prepare Thanksgiving dinner in their own homes."

Then the mission's Christmas outreach program next month will include thousands of gifts, sleeping bags and blankets for homeless individuals and families served at the mission's shelters, as well as for children in the mission youth programs, local shut-ins and families with low incomes low-incomes, he said.

If a shortfall remains, then the mission would consider holding off doing much-needed maintenance projects for its facility, including roof repair, Smeigh said.

"You work with what you have," she said. "We're (confident) we'll get enough with people helping us."

How donations are used: Donated funds are used for the mission's daily work of supplying food, shelter, clothing and other life essentials to people in need and providing long-term life-recovery programs, Gorog said.

The York Rescue Mission annually serves more than 207,000 meals and provides 36,500 nights of lodging for people from throughout York City, he said.

"This is a kind and generous community and I'm confident everyone who can will step up to help ensure our neighbors' needs are met, especially at the holidays." Gorog said. "A donation of any size will truly have an impact."

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.