This year the Capital Area chapter of the Salvation Army will collect about $900,000 thousand dollars in private donations; this year it's expected to be about the same.
The Capital Area Commander, Major Robert Scott, said all of that money stays here in the Lansing area.
"Those monies are geared especially for here, they are targeted especially at Christmas time for those services we do at Christmas time," Scott said.
Here's how the money is divided up: 11 percent goes to staff salaries, 12 percent goes to fundraising, 16 percent goes to child care and the majority, 61 percent, goes to social service programs, such as utility assistance, housing placement, and family assistance.
"While our contributions are on par with last year, the need is much greater, we've already seen about 600 more people than what saw last year for Christmas," Scott added.
Major Scott said this time of year, a majority of your money goes to holiday spending such as food, toys and visits to nursing homes.