Pulaski County Salvation Army Issues Appeal This Last Week Of Its Annual Tree of Lights Campaign

This is the last week people can give to this year’s Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign to qualify for IRS tax benefits. The bellringing part of the drive is over and Pulaski County Salvation Army Unit Co-Chair Jeannie King says the drive is currently about 15-thousand dollars short of this year’s goal of raising $110-thousand dollars for people with emergency needs.
In addition, the local Salvation Army distributed 582 Christmas food baskets, more than its goal of 530 gift baskets. 274 Christmas gift bags were delivered to county wide nursing and group homes as well as homebound seniors. Throughout this current year, hundreds of the county’s community neighbors have come to the local Salvation Army’s caseworkers seeking emergency assistance with utilities and rent or mortgages.
King says, “We continue to operate with an all volunteer team. We have no paid staff and thanks to the generosity of the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks who allows us to use office space in their facility, we are able to direct the large majority of our funds directly to the needs of our county.”
Hundreds of appeal letters were sent out before Thanksgiving to local businesses, non-profits, and individuals who have contributed in the past.
King says, “Thank you for your support in the past. Please consider giving again this year. You may make checks payable to the Pulaski County Salvation Army and deposit them directly to Security Bank, or because of the short time left just contact me and I or one of our team will pick up your check.”
Her phone number is 855-0122.