The Pulaski County Salvation Army Unit is preparing to conduct this year’s Tree of Lights Campaign for needy people in the county. This year’s kickoff was held last Thursday in front of Paul’s Furniture in St. Robert, and a noon luncheon meeting followed at Ed Morse Ford. This year’s Tree of Lights honorary chairperson is Connie Erisman of Dixon. This year’s fundraising goal is 100-thousand dollars. Salvation Army members presented Ed Morse Ford with a certificate of appreciation for 13 years of hosting the kick-off event and recognized Laclede Electric with a certificate of appreciation for a donation of 2,500 dollars. Laclede Electric has donated more than 57-thousand to the Salvation Army over the years. A report was made that the Pulaski County unit had served 682 cases this year and handed out 73-thousand dollars in benevolence payments. Another report was presented that announced Christmas gifts would be handed out this year to homebound people in place of Senior Centers.
The plan is successfully underway for the 500 food baskets to be given away to needy families for Christmas. The bellringing effort of the campaign will begin the day after Thanksgiving. Those who want to signup to be a bellringer should contact Jamie at 618-541-1215.