Released 29 December 2011
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Community Relations Director
The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination
Office: (417) 862-5509 ext. 116
Cell: (417) 763-1357
THE SALVATION ARMY IS $207,000 SHORT
OF ITS $1,000,000 TREE OF LIGHTS GOAL
There's still time to donate and help those in need!
Springfield, MO (December 29, 2011) - Six weeks ago today, The Salvation Army began its annual Tree of Lights Campaign, which each year raises critically needed funds to support its programs & services all year long. This year to meet the increasing demand in its services The Salvation Army announced a $1,000,000 Tree of Lights Campaign goal.
Currently, The Salvation Army is approximately $207,000 short of reaching its $1,000,000 Tree of Lights Campaign goal. To date, $792,706 has been donated. All donations stay in the location where they originated and will help thousands of residents in Greene, Christian, Taney and Stone counties.
"We greatly appreciate everyone who has donated to the Tree of Lights campaign this year," Major Norman Grainger, Ozark Area Coordinator said. "However, we want to let everyone know that there's still time left to help us help others by making a donation," Grainger said.
Donations can be made online at www.onlineredket tle.com/TSAOzarksAreaCoordination or mailed to 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway Springfield MO 65802.
"Donations help us 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.
Now is also a great time to invest in the local community and at the same time reduce your taxes. Residents can minimize their taxable income in 2011 by making a Qualified Charitable Distribution to The Salvation Army from their IRA's. However, this tax benefit will expire on December 31.
"This is such a generous community and we hope that the community will once again extend their generosity to our efforts and help us reach our goal, which is to ultimately serve others," Grainger said.
The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination helps residents in Greene, Christian, Taney & Stone counties. Last year, The Salvation Army provided more than 56,000 services to nearly 20,000 Ozarks residents. Available assistance includes an emergency food pantry, housing & shelter programs, a senior citizen center and many 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.