The Salvation Army red kettles are often the first sign of the holiday season.
But with times being tough, giving is down this year by around $2,500 dollars.
"The sad thing is the people that were supporting us are now coming to us and it makes a big difference in the giving process," says Capt. Ralph Campbell a minister at the Salvation Army.
The money donated to the Salvaiton Army is used for 1,700 children in need of Christmas toys and $1,300 families in need of food. The Salvation Army says it stretches money as far as it can, but they need all the help they can get.
"We have a saying, when you put money in our kettle expect change and we are hoping to change the lives of this community with the help of the people of the community," tells Capt. Campbell.
Campbell says he expects the giving to get better the closer it gets to Christmas. There are 20 red kettles outside businesses around Zanesville and he says any donation is appreciated.