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The Salvation Army announces Tree of Lights success

St. Louis, Mo., February 11, 2015 – The Salvation Army announced today that its 2014 Tree of Lights campaign raised just over $6 million, exceeding the $5.8 million goal. Major Lonneal Richardson, Midland Divisional Commander made the announcement today.

“We are extremely pleased and grateful that we surpassed our goal,” said Midland Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson. “This is just the latest example of the generosity of the St. Louis community, and it will allow us to continue to assist those who need it most.”

The Tree of Lights campaign is a 12-week fundraising effort that raises approximately 50-percent of the Army’s year-round operating budget. Donations stay local, and 86 cents of every donated dollar goes directly into programming.

Last year, The Salvation Army Midland Division 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.