SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Salvation Army in Southwest Missouri hopes to raise $1 million dollars between now and the end of the year for its annual Tree of Lights Campaign. The goal is the largest amount ever set by the local group.
"Community support is more crucial than ever before," Major Norman Grainger, Ozark Area Coordinator said. "The year-round assistance we provide to individuals and families in need would not be possible if it weren't for the tremendous generosity of this community."
Mayor of Springfield, Jim O'Neal, and Mayor of Branson, Raeanne Presley will serve as The Salvation Army's 2011 Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign Chairpersons. Both mayors hope to generate community support for the campaign through public appearances and attendance at Tree of Lights Campaign events.
"Whether it be an in-kind donation such as toys for underprivileged children, a financial donation that helps us provide food baskets for families, or a donation of time through volunteering," Grainger said. "All donations are greatly appreciated and allow The Salvation Army to continue doing the most good for the most people in the Ozarks."