QUINCY (WGEM) -- As you take your Christmas decorations down, the Salvation Army is concluding it's Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign. This campaign is the biggest fund raising effort every year.
The local branch provides assistance to families in the greater Adams, Brown, and Pike county areas. The need for extra help is especially evident this year due to the Pandemic and economic crisis.
The Salvation Army originally set a goal of $400,000 for this past Christmas Season. Friday, they announced that not only did they meet their goal, they surpassed it. The community helped raise a total of $426,907.
The army also helped provide 800 Christmas food boxes to families, over 900 meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas combined and over 15,000 toys were received (coordinated with Toys for Tots in Quincy).
The money raised this year will help families all throughout 2021. The money will go towards shelters and lodging, utility and rent assistance, the pantry, case management, the pathway of hope program and more.
Quincy Area Coordinator Captain Michael Sjogren said he was very thankful for all the members of the community who helped donate and all those that volunteered. Sjogren went on to say he cannot wait to continue working with the community in the future.