As of Friday afternoon, The Salvation Army in central Indiana raised just $2,326,421, or 70.5 percent, of its $3.3 million Tree of Lights goal.  Last year at this time, The Salvation Army raised more than $2,397,729, or 73.1 percent, of its 2011 goal of $3.2 million.  With the end of 2012 just days away, this is the perfect chance to help The Salvation Army achieve its goal plus receive a tax deduction for your charitable gift.

“We’re running a little bit behind, but we know the generosity of this community, and we trust that the good people of central Indiana will once again come through to help us serve their neighbors in need in 2013,” said Major John Turner, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Indiana.

Last year, through the generosity of Hoosiers, The Salvation Army was able to provide more than 101,000 safe nights of shelter for the homeless and more than 500,000 meals for the hungry.  Those numbers increased from the previous year, and the Army feels that the need will rise again in 2013.

There is still time to donate to The Salvation Army’s 2012 Tree of Lights Campaign.  You can mail a check to The Salvation Army at 3100 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis IN, 46208.  Make sure your check is dated no later than December 31, 2012.  You can donate online at Be sure and make your online donation before Midnight on January 1 in order to get your 2012 deduction.  The money donated stays right here in central Indiana and is used to serve our neighbors in need. For additional information or to have questions answered, please call Duke Haddad, Executive Director of Development, at 317-697-6839.

For more information on how The Salvation Army is meeting needs in central Indiana go to or visit us on facebook at Salvation Army Indiana.