SalvationArmy Christmas Center opens today

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Salvation Army officially opens its Christmas Center at 1p.m. today.

The staff at The Sylvia Fites Family Services Center will begin accepting applications from families seeking assistance during the upcoming holiday months. Funds raised through the Tree of Lights Campaign provide holiday assistance and financial support of various programs that serve the less fortunate in the Peoria area throughout the year.

The Christmas Center will be open Monday through Friday from 1 - 4 p.m. The Salvation Army not only offers its own assistance programs throughout the holidays, but in partnership with the Peoria Journal Star and in cooperation with other social service agencies, The Salvation Army acts as the clearing house for all those who wish to receive a Christmas food basket. This process helps reduce the duplication of services in the Peoria area and distribution of baskets to those in need.  The sign-ups include those wishing to receive food baskets, any of The Salvation Army toy programs, holiday parties and Coats for Kids.

“Even with some recent economic news that is a little better, we still expect to see continued growth in demand for services, and will again rely on a successful Tree of Lights Campaign to help meet those needs,” said Major Evie Diaz, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army. The monies raised during the Tree of Lights Campaign comprise more than a third of the overall annual budget for The Salvation Army in the Peoria area.

The Tree of Lights Campaign officially kicks-off on Nov. 12 indoors at Northwoods Mall and the familiar red kettles will be out that same day.

For more information about the Christmas Center,  call 655-7272.