The sound of a simple bell ringing can put the most grumpy of us all into the holiday spirit.

Of course, everyone immediately knows what we're talking about here -- The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

It's simply the non-profit organization's oldest and primary annual fundraiser and here in Acadiana, things have fallen behind.

The Salvation Army of Lafayette is asking for everyone's help to pitch in and help those less fortunate this holiday season.

“Unfortunately, inflation and rising costs have increased the appeals for our services, stretched our existing resources, and reduced incoming donations,” said Lieutenant Thomas Johnson, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army. “It’s only through the support of our community that we can continue to serve our community members during their most vulnerable seasons.”

The Salvation Army served over 1,400 individuals and families in crisis or need last year.

Lieutenant Johnson says the iconic Red Kettles outside storefronts at Christmas are declining. "Fewer people are carrying cash and visiting the mall and stores these days."

With only five days until Christmas, The Salvation Army is asking for the community's participation and support by making a physical or online donation today of $25, $50, or $100.

“For a family on the economic edge this season, $100 can bridge the gap to keep their heat running, food on the table, or even help keep them in their home,” said Lieutenant Johnson.

If you aren't planning to get out to do any shopping for the rest of the holiday season, you are invited to donate using the virtual Red Kettle at

“Everyone is busy at work and with family this season, but they still want to give back. So, giving to our online Red Kettle provides an easier and more accessible way to support those in crisis and need."

To learn more about The Salvation Army of Lafayette visit their website here.

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