The Salvation Army in Lafayette is racing against time. The missionary received more than one-thousand toy requests for Christmas; half of those requests still need to be filled. Last year, they received about 800 requests – this year 1,200. “We're getting a little worried because presents aren't coming in like we feel comfortable with. The angels just aren't be taken like we are comfortable with as well,” says Captain Melissa Pillsbury.
Captain Melissa Pillsbury says The Salvation Army is about 400 toys short.
Pillsbury says the Salvation Army Red Kettles will have to be the life saver, but there's a catch! The kettle money has a dual purpose – and one is to keep other programs afloat. “It not only provides for angels that don't get taken, but provides food for those families and keeps all our programs running throughout the year.”
Captain August Pillsbuy agrees that spending too much from the kettle to buy toys could mean under-funded programs – like the Thanksgiving dinners and the shelters for men. “But we're going to make sure that every child gets Christmas one way or another. This is really why we're coming now to the community to say we need you to help us give these children Christmas.”
Saturday is another chance to support the Christmas effort. The Salvation Army is hosting “Fill The Truck Day at the Walmart on Ambassador Caffery and the Walmart at W. Pinhook from 9am to 5pm. Drop-off a toy and help a child enjoy Christmas.