The Salvation Army’s 31st annual Tree of Lights Campaign is officially underway.
The campaign kickoff ceremony took place at Northwoods Mall Friday night with the lighting of a Christmas Tree. The familiar Salvation Army red kettles also made their debut throughout the Peoria area.
Campaign Co-Chairs Doug and Nancy Stewart announced the “need amount,” or goal, this year is $1.92 million.
It was also announced Friday that $360,689 has already been raised through direct mail receipts and advance gifts. The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary made an advance gift check presentation of a record $102,000, which was the result of its annual fall fashion show and $15,000 from the Echelon young professional group.
Funds raised through the Tree of Lights Campaign support not only the Salvation Army’s Christmas activities but programs year-round.
Donations can be made by dropping them in the red kettles throughout Central Illinois, by mail to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1468, Peoria, IL 61655, online HERE, or by calling 309-655-7220 to charge to American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover.