Tree of Lights 2020 Results

Feb 12, 2021

The Peoria Salvation Army is incredibly blessed and thankful to share how successful the 2020 Tree of Lights Campaign was because of your local community support!

Our holiday fundraising efforts were met by overwhelming selflessness, love and unity from Peoria. Your efforts to help local neighbors in need facing hardships in your communities. resulted in our Tree of Lights goal being exceeded as the grand total amount raised has officially come out to $1,958,759.15 !

“We are very blessed to be able to help those people who can’t put food on their tables; who have nowhere to lay their head at night; and who haven’t been working throughout the pandemic and can’t pay their bills. We can only do this work because of the generous support given by those individuals and businesses who join us in making a real impact on those people in need.”

- Major Jesse Collins, Tri-County Commander for The Salvation Army

Every dollar raised in the annual Tree of Lights Campaign stays in the Peoria area communities. Together, the almost $2 million will directly allow The Salvation Army's local services & programs to continue providing Hope to those in need. Some of the vital services that will be able to operate all year-long because of your support include:

Eighty-five cents of every dollar goes directly to the costs of our mission's social ministry work

“We have seen an overall increase in services requested this year,” continued Major Collins. “During the last three months of the year, requests for rent or utility assistance more than doubled and we saw a 57% increase in the number of food boxes being distributed. The need is great and the contributions from the community will have a direct impact on those people in need right here in the Peoria area.”

The 2020 Tree of Lights Campaign goal for Peoria was $1,650,000 and as the local need continues to grow, exceeding this goal directly from our community's support was truly an amazing blessing for The Salvation Army to receive. No matter how large or small your show of support was this holiday season, we Thank You for making your love felt by those in need. You have #RescuedChristmas Peoria, and we could not be more proud to serve such a united community!  

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