Morris says previous year they had 3,100 kids.
The campaign is the major fundraiser for the Salvation Army, and thanks to helping hands, the overhead is low.
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas campaign is heading in to its final stretch.
"Yes, we're going to have a nice weekend, so folks will be able to stop by the kettle and drop some money in there", Burkett said.
"I am very grateful for the help this year", Pittman said.
The Salvation Army is urging donors to take advantage of tax relief by donating their IRA charitable rollover distributions to The Salvation Army, Genesee County.
The Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries serves over 9,000 meals every month and provides 25 emergency shelter beds and 15 beds in the Genesis Transitional Housing program.More news: Israel Destroys Hamas Cross-border Attack Tunnel Leading Into Israel
The local campaign collected more than $60,000 past year.
"I'm at Walmart almost every day", said Michelle Jackson.
Added to that, the men said that while a monthly grant of $731,142.85 is provided by the Government, a lot more exists outside of that in terms of assistance to be given.
The donations fund programs such as the local food pantry, which operates year-round. "Patrons include families with young children and seniors", she said. " ... Some folks are only up 30 percent, so I think we're OK".
In the meantime, Wheeler said he would "love" to see a local business help jumpstart the Red Kettle campaign with a large donation.
"This is one of the most generous communities I have ever seen", Whitaker said. "It's not a permanent fix and it's not something that can be all the time, but it's definitely there when they need it". "You just get into a rhythm, you just ring ring ring ring ring", Williams adds.
"When you give to the salvation army red kettle in Lafayette, you're giving directly to the Salvation Army of Lafayette".