Houston is experiencing the sounds and sights of Christmas in July due to the Salvation Army's response to the tough economic times that have plagued many of the city's residents.
The local chapter of the Salvation Army says the need for financial aid is way up in the first half of this year.
Many people have been struggling to keep a roof over their heads, so the charity aid organization has brought out their familiar red kettles early in order to raise the necessary funding to help them.
"We've spent over $560,000 compared to just over $100,000 last year assisting families that could not pay their rent, could not pay their utilities," the Salvation Army's Maj. Chris Flanagan explained.
The organization says it will set up seven kettles in downtown Houston to help meet demand. Last year, the organization helped 2,900 families with their rent payments.
The Salvation Army also provides shelter to homeless families, as well as food and clothing.