SALVATION ARMY STILL 8% SHORT OF ITS CHRISTMAS GOAL WITH JUST OVER ONE WEEK LEFT IN CAMPAIGN

With a little over one week left in the annual Tree of Lights Campaign , The Salvation Army is still nearly $300,000 short of its $3.3 million goal.  This year’s goal is the highest in the history of The Salvation Army in Indianapolis and is a reflection of the requests for services the organization has seen over the last year.  As of this morning, The Salvation has raised just over $3 million, about 92% of it’s goal.
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Last year’s successful campaign raised $3.2 million, and helped The Salvation Army to serve thousands of people in need in Central Indiana throughout 2012.  Falling short of the goal could mean that The Salvation Army would have to dip into its strategic reserve or it could mean re-budgeting and allocating less funding to certain areas.  “We don’t want to have to use either of these options,” says Duke Haddad, Executive Director of Development for The Salvation Army.  “The best option is for us to make our goal.  This will ensure that we can continue to serve the most people, in the most efficient way possible in 2013.  We hope those who have been thinking about giving will give today.”

Last year – through the generosity of Central Indiana donors – The Salvation Army served more than 3,662 people struggling with substance abuse, provided more than 101,000 safe nights of shelter for women and children fleeing domestic abuse and homelessness, served more than 500,000 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, 2013.  You can make a donation online at SalvationArmyIndiana.org.  You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or you can mail a check to The Salvation Army, 3100 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.  For additional information on how you can give call 1-800-589-1037.