St. Charles County, Mo., November 5, 2014 – The 2014 Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign is underway and the familiar red kettles will begin to appear throughout St. Charles County in the coming weeks. The financial goal of this year’s campaign, which runs through Jan. 31, will be announced at a Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at The Columns Conference & Banquet Center [711 Veterans Memorial Parkway].
Todd Barnes, 2014 Tree of Lights chairman, will announce this year’s fundraising goal as well as highlight some of the spectacular events taking place over the next several weeks involving The Salvation Army in St. Charles County.
All monies raised during the Tree of Lights campaign stays local and 86 cents of every dollar goes directly into local programs and services. After funding holiday meals, gifts and programs for those in need, Tree of Lights donations help provide food, shelter, child care, job training and many other services throughout the year. The Tree of Lights campaign represents nearly one-fourth of the Army’s year-round operating budget.
On Sept. 21, 1958, The Salvation Army opened the doors to its first corps community center in St. Charles County, where it has been faithfully serving the county. This year, The Salvation Army in St. Charles County has provided nearly 42,514 meals to hungry men, women and children, 8,175 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 7,655 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 5,402 Christmas gifts.
People are asked to donate by sending a check to The Salvation Army Tree of Lights, 1130 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139 or by going online at www.STLSalvationArmy.org.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1881. For more than 130 years, St. Louis residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org.
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Contact: Aurrice Duke, Communications Director