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Kettle donations down, toy donations needed for the Salvation Army

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ST. LOUIS ( -- The Salvation Army’s red kettle donations for the Tree of Lights 2016 campaign are down nearly 50 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a press release from the organization. Donations are down $427,000 across the region compared to 2015 with 11 days left in the red kettle season.

“It is critical that The Tree of Lights campaign meets its fundraising goal of $6.1 million this season,” said Lt. Colonel Dan Jennings, The Salvation Army Midland Divisional Commander in a press release. “The need for services and programs for women and children, seniors, youth, the homeless, our military veterans and during times of disasters remains dire. If we are unable to meet our campaign goal, The Salvation Army is at risk of having to cut programs that serve our community year round.”

All monies raised during the Tree of Lights campaign stay local and 86 cents of every dollar goes directly into local programs and services. After funding holiday meals, gifts and programs for those in need, Tree of Lights donations help provide food, shelter, child care, job training and many other services throughout the year.

The Salvation Army is seeking toy donations for infants and toddlers ages 0 to two years old, and donated items for male and female youth aged 10 to 16. Youth items include tween/teen board games, wallets, purses, nail polish, perfume, cologne, bath and body wash, craft kits, jewelry, speakers, headphones, skate boards, remote controlled cars, helicopters, watches, bikes and helmets. Find out more at

The Salvation Army said in a press release last year they provided over 107,000 meals to hungry men, women and children, nearly 85,000 nights of shelter to the community’s homeless, over 31,000 grocery orders to families in need, and over 95,000 Christmas toys and gifts.  

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