PEORIA, Ill. -- Despite a slow start to its Tree of Lights campaign, the Salvation Army has raised over $1 million this year.
The red kettles are gone for another year, but the 12-week fundraising campaign continues through the end of January. The money raised accounts for about 30-percent of the annual budget.
Despite fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Salvation Army reached $1 million one week earlier than usual.
"We're grateful for everything people did donate," said Rich Draeger, Assistant Development Director at The Salvation Army. "We had a great last couple of days thanks to our kettle match. I know we did well over $10,000 on Monday and we should have Tuesday numbers by the end of the week."
The Salvation Army said it still needs to raise more than a $500,000 in January to fund all of its programs.
To help, donate at www.saheartland.org.