Salvation Army raises $1.5 million

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Peoria Tri-County Salvation Army raised a record $1,551,994 in its 2011 Tree of Lights Campaign, an 8.4 percent increase over last year’s $1,432,018.

“We are extremely happy to announce this goal and are overwhelmed by the community’s support for The Salvation Army and those it serves,” said Jim Moore, who co-chaired the campaign along with his wife Paula. “Raising these funds during the Tree of Lights Campaign will help The Salvation Army continue to give so many people hope, meet their physical needs and address their spiritual needs. This is an amazing result and the bottom line is not the money donated, but the changed lives it means everyday.”

Jim and Paula Moore, Honorary Co-Chairs of the Tree of Lights Campaign, announced the total during a Victory Celebration tonight at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center.

“We knew that despite a slight improvement in the economy, that we would face many challenges this year,”said Major Evie Diaz, Divisional Commander. “Despite the tough times facing us all, we are thankful for all the companies, families and individuals who donated to help those who are less fortunate.”

Diaz said she and The Salvation Army are thankful for the men, women and children who gave their time, talents and treasure. Included in her thanks were the members of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, The Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Tree of Lights Cabinet. Special mention was also given to Jay Glatz, the Christmas Committee chairman, and to the Moores, who have long supported The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army accepts donations throughout the year. Donations for the Peoria Tri-County Area stay in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties, to support Salvation Army programs including shelter and feeding programs, camp, after school activities, child care and many other social service programs.