Donations Fall $200,000 Short for Salvation Army

Published 12/29 2011 12:07PM

Updated 01/06 2012 12:31PM

(Springfield, MO) -- While shoppers were spending a lot of money this holiday season, donations fell short in the red kettles of the Salvation Army in Springfield.

The charitable organization announced Thursday holiday donations fell short more than $200,000 of it's $1 million Tree of Lights campaign goal.

So far, $792,706 has been donated by people in Greene, Christian, Taney and Stone counties.

Although the campaign fell short, there is still time to donate and still get a tax credit. Saturday, December 31, is the last day to donate to charities that are qualified non-profits and get a tax credit. 

The Salvation Army uses the money raised during the Tree of Lights campaign all year long to pay for an emergency food pantry, shelter programs, meals for the needy and a senior citizens center.

Last year, The Salvation Army served nearly 20,000 people in the four county area.

To donate, you can call (417) 862-5509 or visit

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