With less than a week to go in the annual Tree of Lights Campaign, The Salvation Army is still $266,000 of its $3.2 million goal.  Not making this year’s goal could effect The Salvation Army’s services in Central Indiana.  “We wouldn’t have to close any programs but a shortfall would definitely effect the number of people we would be able to serve in 2012,” says Major John Turner, Indiana Commander for The Salvation Army.

The $266,000 shortfall represents about 106,000 meals or about 10,000 safe nights shelter.  “With the increases we’re seeing in request for services, we simply can’t afford to fall short of our goal,” says Turner.

Last year – through the generosity of Central Indiana donors – The Salvation Army served more than 2,300 people struggling with substance abuse, provided more than 96,000 safe nights of shelter for women and children fleeing domestic abuse and homelessness, served more than 2.1 million meals to men, women, and children in need, and provided a safe environment for hundreds of area children to go after school.

This year’s Tree of Lights Campaign ends on January 31, 2011.  You can make a donation online or you can mail a check to The Salvation Army, 3100 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.