SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Salvation Army said Friday morning its annual Tree of Lights campaign was still a long way from its goal. Its bell ringers will end their Red Kettle Campaign on Friday afternoon.
In a news conference at UMB Bank at the corner of National Avenue at Battlefield Road, Major Norman Grainger said the Salvation Army's area total for Greene, Christian, Taney and Stone counties was at $640,000. That's only 70 percent of the $935,000 goal.
At this point, compared to last year, they're about 20 percent behind. Last year, however, the community donated more than $100,000 after Christmas, so Grainger said he's not giving up on the goal.
Even though the kettles will be put away, you can still donate online through January.