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Salvation Army Coming Up Short?

December 14, 1999
By: Kristin Marinec
State Capital Bureau

The Salvation Army in St. Louis is banking on an increase in donations during the last days before Christmas--Kristin Marinec tells us why from Jefferson City.

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The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights program is almost two and a half million dollars short of its four and a half million dollar goal this year.

The program, which heads the bellringers, direct mail fundraisers, and other special events, is about twenty-five percent of the Salvation Army's entire annual budget.

Spokesman Matt Gerke says last year the program was 400,000 dollars short--which resulted in an eight percent budget cut.

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Contents: St. Louis Salvation Army spokesman Matt Gerke says they really need to keep their momentum going before Christmas because people tend to forget about them afterwards.

The program doesn't officially end until January 31st. In Jefferson City, I'm Kristin Marinec.