Donations to The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights campaign remains behind last year's rate of contributions. As of January 8, the campaign has raised $2,525,703 which is 85% percent of the $3 million goal. This is 10% behind the 2012 campaign.
The Salvation Army served approximately 170,000 people in Omaha in 2013. More than 20 social service programs depend on the success of the holiday campaign. If the goal is not met, difficult program cuts will be under consideration.
"In tears, she keep hugging and thanking me for the toys for her children. As she shared, I learned that she had lost everything, including an adult family member in a house fire. While she had received assistance following the tragedy, she would not be able to provide Christmas for her children. Without The Salvation Army she said, her children would not only be without a loved one this year, but also have no gifts to open. She is only one of many who have voiced similar sentiments. All year round, we hear people say "I don't know what I would do without The Salvation Army" as they receive assistance from food to mental health counseling to housing. We are seeing more people who have not had to ask for help in the past, it's hard for them but they always comment on the caring staff and help received. Without adequate funding, these services, which are a lifeline to so many people, will need to be cut," said Linda Burkle, Ph.D, divisional director of social services.
There is still time to support the Tree of Lights Campaign through January.
100% of the donations stay in the Omaha community. To help, you can donate in various ways:
· Online at GiveSalvationArmy.org
· Text OMAHA to 80888 (message and data rates apply)
· Mail to: The Salvation Army, Tree of Lights Campaign, 10755 Burt Street, Omaha NE 68114