More than $3 million was raised during the Omaha Salvation Army’s 2011 Tree of Lights Campaign.
Joanne Bemis is the Divisional Director of Development. She says last year, the Salvation Army assisted more than 170,000 people and she anticipates the need increasing this year.
The Salvation Army has more than 20 social service programs, serving families from teens to senior citizens. Bemis says 100% of the money raised during the campaign goes to support these programs.
"We have a strong homeless prevention program. We have food pantry, material assistance. We have after school programs that are also feeding programs. For example, each month, the Salvation Army Citadel After School Program provides about 500 meals per month for children."
To learn more about the Salvation Army, the website is givesalvationarmy.org.