While he was grateful for those that did show up and offer their time, he said the smaller army of volunteers hurt the organization's ability to achieve its fundraising goal.
"Our goal this year is $225,000," Goldfarb said Friday. "It looks we're going to fall about $10,000 to $13,000 below what we need to get."
The Christmas funds drive helps the Salvation Army run its charitable programs year-round.
"We have one shot to raise the money for Christmas," he said.
But some of the funds collected this year have already been spent on supplementing the organization's Christmas food and toy drives.
Goldfarb said the group has already spent $30,000 buying Christmas dinner food vouchers to distribute among the Charleston command's four-county area.
Officials also spent nearly $20,000 worth of toys and clothing to provide gifts through the Army's Angel Tree giving program for children.
"We had about 100 angels that didn't get adopted this year, which is more than any other year," Goldfarb said.
However, he said that just because Christmas is at hand, it doesn't mean they won't take any more donations. They still need resources for their non-holiday charitable programs.
"We still want to encourage folks, it's still not too late," Goldfarb said. "We're going to need some additional funds if we're going to help people.
"Because we're going to have our doors open December 26, and we're going to be providing services like we always do, and if we don't get donations, at some point we're going to have to say, 'We have no funds,'" he said.
Goldfarb said he plans to push hard January through September to gear up for next year's Christmas season.
Like Simpson, he hopes people can make a conscious effort to rekindle the volunteer spirit in their community.
"Encourage your friends or show your children that volunteerism is still alive," he said. "Our community is good because of people who volunteer - that's the bottom line."
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.