Bucket Blitz - The Final Day

By KOLR10 News

Published 12/18 2013 03:31AM

Updated 12/18 2013 06:24AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Today is the final day for the special Bucket Blitz - an all out effort to help the Salvation Army meet its Tree of Lights Campaign goal in the Ozarks. Dr. Robert Spence, the chairman of this year's Tree of Lights Campaign, talks with KOLR10 Meteorologist Chris Smith about the local needs your donation will help.

The 3-day Bucket Blitz concludes this evening, with more live broadcasts through the day by KOLR, KOZL, KWTO, KTXR and The Jock, in the parking lot of Battlefield Mall.  The goal of the Blitz is to encourage cash donations to support the Salvation Army's holiday and year-long programs. 
December winter storms have put the Salvation Army about $40,000 behind in its annual fundraising program with the red kettles outside major retailers.
About $5,000 was raised Monday and Tuesday during the Bucket Blitz - but much more is needed.

"We raise these funds because we need community support to help the thousands of Ozarks residents who turn to us everyday because they have absolutely nowhere else to go," says Major Norman Grainer, Ozarks area coordinator for the Salvation Army.  The money raised each year pays, not only for special holiday meals and gifts for less fortunate families, but year-long programs like the Harbor House, after school programs for children and emergency cold shelters.

To help, all you have to do is drive by the live broadcast, set up in the southeast parking lot of the Battlefield Mall near where the Farmers Market is located (Battlefield and Glenstone) - and drop off your cash donation.  You don't even have to get out of your warm car. 

Broadcasts begin during KOLR10 Daybreak from 5-7am today with KOLR10 Meteorologist Chris Smith. From 7-9am, the live broadcast on radio stations KTXR/KWTO/The Jock, will be aired live on KOZL. Starting at 9am, live updates will air each hour on KOLR and KOZL.  Ozarks Live will broadcast live from 4-5pm, and KOLR Meteorologist Jamie Warriner will deliver his weather forecasts live from the Bucket Blitz in the 5 and 6pm news.

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