St. Louis, Mo., December 5, 2014 - Players from The St. Louis Cardinals along with mascot Fredbird and Team Fredbird are scheduled to bell ring at The Salvation Army kettle at the Richmond Heights Schnucks Market at 6600 Clayton Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 11. The Tree of Lights campaign, in its 67th year, is a major source of funding for the dozens of programs and services The Salvation Army provides year-round throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Last year, The Salvation Army provided 35,719 meals to hungry men, women and children, 93,248 nights of shelter to the community's homeless, 35,533 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 54,096 Christmas toys and gifts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Across Missouri and Southern Illinois, The Salvation Army provided 453,502 meals to hungry men, women and children, 178,715 nights of shelter to the community's homeless, 94,985 food pantry boxes to families in need, and 139,779 Christmas toys and gifts.
Donations stay local, and 86 cents of every donated dollar goes directly into programming. People may donate: • By mail: send checks to 1130 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139 • By credit card, over the phone, toll-free, at: 1-800-SAL-ARMY • By credit card, on the internet, at: www.stlsalvationarmy.org or via text by texting "TREEOFLIGHTS" (all one word) to 41444.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1881. For more than 130 years, St. Louis residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org.