Another main reason for the drop comes from customers increasingly shopping online rather than in stores, and although donations can be made to The Salvation Army online, it doesn't garner the attention or impact in-person bell-ringers do.
They've been contributing to the cause for over 20 years.
"Last year, we were so green at it that we didn't do a very good job", Paxton said.
The state as a whole is down 11 percent compared to previous year, the Kettles specifically are down 11 percent.
The Salvation Army handed out Christmas gifts to families that signed up for the annual Angel Tree program.
The money raised is used to help people in need throughout the year.
"It's really rewarding", Wolfe Sr. said.
Bells are still ringing at local malls and shops as Salvation Army volunteers struggle to get attention for their red kettles. "Sometimes, a volunteer doesn't show up for whatever reason, so they give me a call, and I come and fill in".
The $85,000 deficit The Salvation Army faces will greatly impact the organizations' ability to serve the Greater Baton Rouge community.
The Salvation Army offers services and programmes across the Island, with the goal of restoring dignity and hope in community members who experience times of need. Although they haven't been appraised yet, Hughes said together they could garner about $500. "People give when they don't have much, and they give it when they do".