St. Louis, Mo., January 22, 2015 — With a week remaining, The Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign is $173,448 short of its $5.8 million goal. Through Wednesday, the Army has raised $5,626,552, or 97 percent of the goal. The Tree of Lights campaign represents approximately one-half of the Army’s year-round operating budget.
“We remain hopeful that we can reach the goal, but we are concerned because we have a significant amount to raise in just over one week,” said Midland Divisional Commander Lonneal Richardson said. “We helped more than 54,000 people in need at Christmastime, but the need does not stop there. Thousands more St. Louisans are coming to us for assistance and will continue to do so throughout 2015, and that’s why Tree of Lights funds are so critical.”
86 cents of every dollar raised goes towards programs and services that transform lives. Programs that feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the shivering, provide gifts for children, help rehabilitate lives lost to addiction, and much more. The Salvation Army approach to service focuses not only on meeting immediate, emergency needs, but creating sustainable change for individuals, families and communities.
There are several ways to donate:
- Online at STLSalvationArmy.org
- Texting “TREEOFLIGHTS” (all one word) to 41444
- Calling 800-SAL-ARMY
Last year, The Salvation Army provided 35,719 meals to hungry men, women and children, 93,248 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 35,533 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 54,096 Christmas toys and gifts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Across Missouri and Southern Illinois, The Salvation Army provided 453,502 meals to hungry men, women and children, 178,715 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, 94,985 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 139,779 Christmas toys and gifts.
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.
Contact: Aurrice Duke, Communications Director