Jan 28, 2021 | by Magan Hall

The Hannibal Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Chairs, Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn, Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis, Hannibal Fire Chief Mike Benjamin, NECOMM 911 Executive Director Mike Hall, Marion and Ralls County Ambulance Director John Nemes, and Hannibal Regional President and CEO Todd Ahrens have announced the completion of a successful 2020 Christmas Campaign. The Hannibal campaign goal of $104,000 was exceeded with a total raised of $118,576.

The Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign is The Salvation Army’s major fund-raising effort each year. Money raised during the campaign helps provide Christmas assistance as well as funding programs and services that aid individuals and families in Hannibal and the surrounding Northeast Missouri counties of Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Shelby and Lewis daily throughout the entire year.

The need for assistance to the people of the Hannibal area community is a constant, which The Salvation Army takes very seriously, especially during this campaign.

This holiday season the following assistance was given in the Hannibal service area: 157 gift cards were distributed for individual Thanksgiving meals at a local restaurant. 800 families received Christmas food baskets. In conjunction with Toys for Tots of Northeast Missouri, 19,305 toys were distributed to 1,600 children.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the 187 volunteers from the Hannibal area, who donated 396 hours of volunteer service to help make all of this possible, including many who rang bells during a pandemic.

The Salvation Army appreciates the many individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses that supported its effort by donating food, toys, time, and money to make the 2020 Christmas Campaign a success.

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