SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — KOLR10 begins the annual Bucket Blitz to help raise money and awareness of the Springfield Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights campaign. We’ll be outside Bass Pro Shops Monday through Thursday, 6am – 6:30pm each day.
Kicking off the week, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure talks with KOLR10 about the critical need the kettle campaign helps to meet.
“We’re doing the Bucket Blitz starting today to raise money to help meet the $1 million goal the Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights campaign has. It’s an ambitious one, but we want to meet it. It takes so much money to fund the needs we have in our community, so it’s critical.”
“Explain some of those needs – why should people want to come out an donate,” said KOLR10’s Eliza Raffa.
“Well, we have so many individuals and families that are in need of all types of assistance. Housing, food, emergency shelter, that type of thing. And that’s what these funds are used for. During the Christmas season, the Salvation Army will serve about 3,700 people. And that’s an increase. People have needs, and so we need to try to address those.”
“We’re here at Bass Pro all morning, but it’s not just this location,” Raffa notes. “You can find the kettles a lot of places around Springfield.”
“Bass Pro is a great place, but certainly anywhere there is a bucket, we will take the cash,” McClure says. “We need that so much. So take advantage. Springfield is a very giving community and we’re very grateful. But we want to meet that $1 million goal.”
“For anybody watching at home wondering how much they can actually give, a little goes a long way?” Raffa asks.
“Anything you can give – change, dollars, all of that goes a long way. And so we encourage people, every time you have the opportunity, drop something in those buckets.”
The Bucket Blitz is set up outside Springfield’s Bass Pro Shops near the corner of S. Campbell and Sunshine.