With just four weeks to go, the Salvation Army in Springfield says it’s still well short of its fundraising goal for the Tree of Lights campaign.
This year’s goal is $1-million dollars.
But officials say so far, they’ve only raised about 30-percent of that amount.
It comes at a time when the need for help is on the rise.
Here's more from the Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army in Springfield, MO has reached 30% of its $1,000,000.00 Tree of Lights goal and has seen a significant increase in assistance requests.
There are four weeks left of the Tree of Lights Campaign.
“We still have a long way to go in reaching our goal,” said Major Butch Frost. “We are asking the community for their help in reaching this goal.”
This year The Salvation Army has already signed up nearly 120 additional families with still two days of assistance sign-up remaining.
They are now preparing to serve over 3,700 individuals this Christmas season.
This trend follows the increases seen through the back-to-school and emergency social services programs.
Based on this, The Salvation Army anticipates this trend will continue into the next year.
“We serve people in our community 365 days a year and this year we are seeing a continued increase in the need,” Frost said. “We want to make sure we are taking take of our brothers and sisters as Christ calls us to do.”
Toys and volunteers are still needed for this coming Christmas season.
Toys for boys and girls ages 6-12 are the most critical, but gift cards for teens would be appreciated as well.
Toys donations can be brought to The Salvation Army’s main office at 1707 West Chestnut Expressway.
The Salvation Army is still seeking volunteers for its Christmas Assistance distribution on Thursday, December 21 from 7:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.
Donations can be made online at www.salvationarmyspringfield.org[salvationarmyspringfield.org] or by mail to The Salvation Army, PO Box 9685, Springfield, MO 65801.
In addition, you can text “SGF” to 41444 from your phone to make an online gift.