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Salvation Army applauds Central Illinois support

The Salvation Army in Peoria has much to celebrate.

They didn't just meet their Christmas campaign goal, they set a record for exceeding it.

Between the bell ringing and other fundraising efforts, the Tree of Lights Campaign was a huge success this year.

Their goal was to raise $1.65 million dollars.

Friday night at their victory celebration, they announced they topped that total by $170,000, bringing in more than $1.8 million.


"From the smallest child we serve to the senior citizen we serve, we are going to be able to serve the needs of Central Illinois better than ever before," exclaimed an elated Major Jesse Collins.

That money was all collected between November and now, and will go toward programs that include feeding and housing the homeless as well as childcare.

Meanwhile the Salvation Army of Bloomington is also celebrating the generosity of Central Illinois.

They raised close to $498,000 this year.

Although they were a little short of their goal, they said they saw in increase in mail-in donations and online giving.

Among the groups that helped raise money through bell-ringing. The Bloomington Fire Department was recognized for raising more than $8,100.

Caitlin Knute

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