Friday morning, November 9th inside Northwoods Mall, Lynn & Penny Kunkle, the 2012 Honorary Tree of Lights Co-Chairs, will announce this year's goal for The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign.
We remain so grateful to the tri-county community for helping The Salvation Army raise the funds it needs to keep meeting the needs of the less fortunate," said Major Evie Diaz, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army.
The kick-off at Northwoods Mall will include the lighting of the big indoor tree at Northwoods Mall on the lower level near JC Penney and some holiday music from a Salvation Army brass group.
The event marks the formal kick-off of the 26th Tree of Lights Campaign and the Army's Christmas activities. At the kick-off, the funds raised to date for the campaign will also be announced and there will an advance lead gift check presentation from The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary. Funds raised through the Tree of Lights Campaign support not only The Salvation Army's Christmas activities, but programs year-round.
Local dignitaries are expected to be on hand to lend words of support and local TV weathermen will also weigh in with their "forecast predictions" for the campaign.
The familiar red kettles will start to roll out throughout Central Illinois beginning this Saturday, November 10 and donations can be made to the Tree of Lights Campaign by mailing to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1468, Peoria, IL 61655, by calling 655-7220 to charge on American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover, or at our website at HYPERLINK "http://www.saheartland.org" www.saheartland.org.