Nov 13, 2020 | by Magan Hall

The Hannibal Salvation Army has begun the Christmas season with its annual Tree of Lights Christmas Kick-Off. The virtual kick-off was streamed Thursday, November 12 and can be seen at The 2020 campaign chairs were introduced along with the announcement of the 2020 campaign goal. 

Each year community leaders step up to serve as honorary chairs for the Christmas campaign, further extending the outreach and effectiveness of the efforts of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is pleased to announce 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 as its 2020 Christmas Campaign Chairs. The 2020 campaign goal is $104,000. 

The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in need in the counties of Marion, Ralls, Lewis, Monroe, and Shelby. The following are a few examples of ways The Salvation Army has given a hand up to our neighbors in need. 

The Hannibal Salvation Army Family Services provided the following assistance this year: 

2,764 people were served by the daily bread line 

1,714 food boxes were distributed 

69 families received utility assistance 

440 families received help with clothing 

Last Christmas: 

904 families received Christmas food boxes 

1,350 children received toys for Christmas 

Volunteers are an important part of the Christmas season and are needed to assist with many Christmas programs and activities, especially bell ringing. Please contact Jeremy Koren for more information about volunteer opportunities at 217-231-5633 or register to ring bells at

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