SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Salvation Army said Friday that it has raised 75 percent of its $1 million goal -- $747,075 -- for the Tree of Lights campaign this year. The red kettles will be in front of stores through the evening of Christmas Eve. After that, you can mail in donations or contribute to an online kettle.Those iconic red kettles are in front of many stores in the Springfield area, including Walmart, Price Cutter, Walgreens, Hy-Vee and the entrances to Battlefield Mall.
The Ozarks Area chapter of The Salvation Army announced its $1 million fundraising goal just before Thanksgiving. Here's part of the news release:
"Due to the continued growing need for our services & programs we are announcing the largest most substantial Tree of Lights fundraising goal that The Salvation Army has ever undertaken," Major Norman Grainger, Ozark Area Coordinator, said. "We hope that the generosity of the Ozarks community will once again come through to help us reach our goal and ultimately help us help local families & individuals."