Released 20 January 2013
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TREE OF LIGHTS CAMPAIGN
GOAL ALMOST REACHED
Donations are up approximately 4% from this time last year
Springfield, MO (January 20, 2013) - With less than two weeks left to go in the Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign The Salvation Army reports that donations are up about 4% from this time last year.
"This is wonderful news," Major Norman Grainger, Ozark Area Coordinator said. Especially when considering that the economic climate still appears to remain quite uncertain."
Currently, The Salvation Army has reached approximately 96% of its $1,000,000 fundraising goal; to date, $963,819 has been donated. Funds received during the annual Tree of Lights Campaign allow The Salvation Army to provide vital programs and services to thousands of local Ozarks' residents.
"We are truly grateful for every single donation received," Grainger said. "These donations allow us to continue to help those here in the local community who are struggling, those who are hurting and those who are working toward changing their lives for the better."
Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 110,000 meals to the hungry, assisted 11,500 local residents with social service programs and distributed nearly 7,000 bags of food to families and low-income senior citizens.
"Donations allow us to help families put food on their tables, provide shelter for those who have nowhere else to go and operate safe and affordable programs for children and senior citizens," Grainger said.
Funding received through the Tree of Lights campaign also supports shelter & housing programs such as the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter, which so far this year has provided shelter for 145 individuals.
Financial donations can be made online at www.onlineredkettle.com/springfieldmo-ozarkarea mailed to The Salvation Army P.O. Box 9685 Springfield MO 65801-9685, or made over the phone by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. All donations stay in the communities where they originated and will help residents in Greene, Christian, Taney and Stone counties.
The Tree of Lights Christmas campaign officially ends on January 31st.
The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination helps residents in Greene, Christian, Taney & Stone counties. Available assistance includes an emergency food pantry, housing & shelter programs, a senior citizen center, character-building programs for children and many other community outreach events.
For more information about The Salvation Army please call (417) 862-5509 or visit www.usc.salvationarmy.org/springfield-mo.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.