Holiday season begins for Salvation Army

The holidays may still be a few weeks away, but the Quincy-Hannibal Salvation Army began its holiday season Friday night

The annual Tree of Lights Christmas kickoff dinner was held at the Kroc Center.

The kickoff signals the beginning of the organization's holiday campaigns, such as Toy Town and the Red Kettle Campaign.

Major Andy Miller said the holidays play an important part in the Salvation Army's year-round operation.

"Our Quincy and Hannibal area has a wonderful start to its Christmas season. This money from Christmas helps us with our social services for probably 35 to 40 percent of our money for the year so it means an awful lot," he said.

The organization also revealed its holiday fundraising goal of $390,000. As of Friday, the Salvation Army is almost a quarter of the way toward meeting that goal.

To learn more about the Salvation Army's holiday campaigns, visit