You’ll now be seeing those iconic red kettles stationed around Springfield as the Tree of Lights campaign for the Salvation Army kicked off on Friday.
Spokeswoman Mandy Long says this year's goal is a million dollars, which is 1/3 of the Salvation Army's annual operating budget
Each holiday season, The Salvation Army attempts to raise approximately one-third of its annual budget through its Tree of Lights Campaign.
The funds raised allow The Salvation Army to provide a wide-range of critically needed programs and services throughout the entire year.
Mayor Ken McClure is the chairman for the 2017 campaign.
He will assist in raising community support and awareness for The Salvation Army, its programs, and services.
Mayor Ken McClure says “It is a profound honor to serve as the 2017 Tree of Lights Campaign Chairman. The Salvation Army and its ministry have long held a very special place in my heart,”
“My Aunt Margaret, who passed away in 1969, was a long-time social worker for the Salvation Army. I am honored to serve this year in her memory.”
The Salvation Army selects a Tree of Lights Chairman or Co-Chairs to help promote giving during the Christmas season each year and to highlight the local programs and services that are offered year round.
Volunteer bellringers are still needed to help cover several thousand hours of bellringing.
“The red kettles are The Salvation Army’s largest annual fundraising event. This is only possible because of the generosity of the hundreds of volunteers who are willing to ring a bell at one of our kettles,” says Major Butch Frost, Corps Officer.
“The money raised in the kettles each year is critical in funding our programs year round.”
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to assist with this program.
To sign up volunteers can visit www.registertoring.com[registertoring.com] or call The Salvation Army’s main office at 417-862-5509 ext. 116.
Each year The Salvation Army assists thousands of families in Greene and Christian Counties.
This year the organization anticipates helping over 3,100 individuals through their Christmas Assistance Program.