Tree of Lights campaign short of its $2.8 million goal

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha is at 63 percent of its 2009 Tree of Lights Campaign goal with one week left.

This year's goal is $2.8 million. So far, $1.7 million has been raised at red kettle sites in the Omaha metro area. Salvation Army spokeswoman Susan Eustice attributes the decrease in donations to the down economy and recent bad weather.

A donation by debit card option is available at five red kettle sites in the Omaha metro this year. Eustice says research done by the Salvation Army shows the amount of donations at those sites double.

The Tree of Lights Campaign funds 29 programs, including Winter Night Watch and Christmas assistance. The campaign ends December 24th.