As of yesterday, The Salvation Army in central Indiana raised just $1,697,016 (or 51%) of its $3.3 million Tree of Lights goal.  Last year at this same time, The Salvation Army raised more than $1.7 million, or nearly 53%, of its 2011 goal of $3.2 million.

“We’re running a little bit behind, but we know the generosity of this community, and we trust that the good people of central Indiana will once again come through to help us serve their neighbors in need in 2013,” said Major John Turner, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Indiana.

Last year, through the generosity of Hoosiers, The Salvation Army was able to provide more than 101,000 safe nights of shelter for the homeless and more than 500,000 meals for the hungry.  Those numbers were up from the previous year, and the Army feels that the need will go up again in 2013.

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There is still time to donate to The Salvation Army’s 2012 Tree of Lights Campaign.  You can give at one of the more than 140 Red Kettles around the Indianapolis area through Christmas Eve.  You can mail a check to The Salvation Army at 3100 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis IN, 46208.  You can donate online at SalvationArmyIndiana.org, or you can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to make a donation.  The money donated stays right here in central Indiana and is used to serve our neighbors in need.

For more information on how The Salvation Army is meeting needs in central Indiana go to SalvationArmyIndiana.org or visit us on facebook at Salvation Army Indiana.