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The Salvation Army Exceeds $2.5 Million Tree of Lights Campaign Goal



The Salvation Army exceeded its $2.5 million Tree of Lights Campaign goal in Omaha this year. More than $150,000 was raised in Council Bluffs as well. 

"Metro residents responded generously to our financial need during the Christmas season this year," said Divisional Commander Major Greg Thompson. "We are grateful to everyone who renewed their gifts and the hundreds of new donors supporting our mission for the first time this year. God has blessed us during a time when the need for private support of our mission is greater than it has ever been."

Thompson emphasized that only about one-half of The Salvation Army's philanthropic need is raised through the Tree of Lights Campaign. Additional funding from grants, corporate support and other fundraising is needed throughout The Salvation Army's fiscal year. 

"We serve more than 100,000 residents each year in the metro, and the need for our programs and services is growing," Thompson said. "The Tree of Lights Campaign provides critically needed funding, yet community support is needed throughout the entire year."

Contributions to the Tree of Lights Campaign support the Human Needs Fund, which provides funding for food, housing, material assistance, youth development, behavioral health, older adult services and anti-human trafficking programs. Nearly every program within the Human Needs Funds requires substantial private support. Out of every dollar raised in Omaha, 87 cents goes directly to program support.