SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Salvation Army is running short on it’s goal to raise money for its year-round programs in the Springfield area.

Red Kettle co-chairs Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams and Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott said with just a few hours left in the Tree of Lights campaign,
the project is $178,000 behind on its goal of $800,000.

“The need is year long,” said Williams.  “This isn’t just a Christmas giving program.  What you donate supports what goes on throughout 2017.”

The Salvation Army uses the funds for meals for the hungry, after school programs for low income families, emergency shelter and Christmas assistance.

Red kettles and bellringers will be out around area retail locations until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 24.