One week ago, The Salvation Army was still more than $250,000 short of its $3.2 million goal for this year’s Tree of Lights campaign.  The annual fundraising campaign ended this week and, thanks to the generosity of Hoosiers, the Army finished strong raising $3.13 million or 98% of its goal.  More than $181,000 was raised in the final week of the campaign.  Although still nearly $69,000 short of the goal, the $3.13 million is the most ever raised by The Salvation Army in Central Indiana.

“We were a little nervous about the numbers we were seeing over the past few weeks, but we had faith in the generous hearts of Hoosiers and they came through once again,” says Major John Turner, Indiana Commander for The Salvation Army.  “Now it’s our job to return that generosity to our neighbors in need right here in Central Indiana.”

Last year – through the giving 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 the need is even greater and The Salvation Army anticipates serving even more people than ever before.

“Our promise is to do the most good with the gifts that are given to us.  We may have finished short of our goal but our promise is the same, and we will continue to use the gifts entrusted to us to serve those in need in 2012,” says Turner.