They didn't meet their goal, but the Tri-County Salvation Army still considers this year's Tree of Lights campaign a success. Friday night marked the wrap-up of their big, annual Christmas season fundraiser. The final campaign total revealed by Co-Chairs Doug & Vicky Stewart was $1,555,955. While the amount fell short of their goal by $69,000, they say it still speaks volumes of the generosity of Central Illinois. This also doesn't take into account the money raised for hurricane relief efforts.
“When you factor in that an additional $125,000 was also raised for hurricane relief in the midst of the Tree of Lights Campaign, the tri-county shared almost $1.7 million over the past 4 months,” said Major Jesse Collins. “What an amazing, giving community!”
“We didn’t quite get to the need amount, but this is a tremendous result from central Illinois,” said Doug Stewart.
The Community Celebration provided an opportunity to thank the Stewart’s and many others from the community who supported the campaign efforts.
The Tree of Lights campaign helps pay for programs for the homeless, meals for the hungry, veterans' services, childcare, and more.