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2017 Tree of Lights Campaign Underway

St. Louis, Mo. – Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the 2017 Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign is underway and the iconic red kettles and bell ringers will begin to appear throughout the Bi-state area on November 18. The financial goal of this year’s campaign, $6.1 million was announced at the kickoff luncheon November 2. The Tree of Lights campaign runs from November 1 to January 31.

“The Tree of Lights campaign is the largest annual fundraising event for The Salvation Army. Each season, volunteers from the St. Louis metro region give their time to help ring a bell at one of our red kettles,” said Lt. Colonel Dan Jennings, The Salvation Army Midland Divisional Commander. “The public’s donations in our red kettles are critical in funding our programs and services year round.”

The Salvation Army will hold two tree lighting ceremonies:
· Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting at Kiener Plaza, 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.., Saturday, November 18
· St. Charles County Salvation Army Tree Lighting Ceremony at Dardenne Prairie City Hall, 2032 Hanley Road, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368 at 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., Friday November 17

All monies raised during the Tree of Lights campaign stays local and goes directly into 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 a substantial portion of The Salvation Army’s year-round operating budget.

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. 86 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.