It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at 90th and Dodge Street in Omaha. The Salvation Army is kicking off their Tree of Lights campaign today.
Spokesperson Susan Eustice says, “It is going to take about six and a half weeks to raise a lot of dollars that support our year-round programs that we call our Human Needs Fund. Those are areas in housing, youth development, food and anti-human trafficking and several other areas.”
That money is collected through donations dropped into their red kettles. Starting Friday, they will be placed at 140 locations through December 24th. Eustice says 100% of every dollar raised for the Tree of Lights Campaign stays in in the community supporting thousands of Nebraskans.
The public is invited to the tree lighting ceremony and their fundraising goal will be announced. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and will feature musical entertainment, food, the Omaha Police Department’s Mounted Patrol, several community mascots and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Tree of Lights is located just outside American National Bank.