Tree of Lights Campaign raises record amount, narrowly misses goal

By Audrey Williams

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The 2012 Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign is officially over.

Friday night, Salvation Army officials announced they raised a record $1,602,012. That is just $68,000 short of their $1.67 million goal.

"It was an aggressive, they call it a goal, but it's aggressive needs. It's what the army needs to do their programs. It's a little short, but the Army always makes due with what they have," said Honorary Campaign Co-Chair Penny Kunkle.

The money raised will stay in the tri-county area to support Salvation Army programs and services including the homeless shelter and feeding programs, child care, and coats for kids.

You can donate to the Salvation Army year-round by heading to or by calling (309) 655-7220.

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