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Tree of Lights campaign begins

Salvation Army of Omaha officials say the need for services from the 20 programs they offer is growing.

The Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights campaign kicked off Friday night. This year’s goal is $3 million. Salvation Army of Omaha spokeswoman Susan Eustice says economic factors have more families seeking assistance.

"Certainly the food stamp cuts might play in to that, utility assistance, it’s feeling like winter already, and certainly we’re concerned for our children, the families are concerned for their children at Christmas that there might not be anything under the tree."

Programs funded by the Tree of Lights campaign include Winter Night Watch, which provides meals and winter clothing for Omaha’s homeless and near-homeless…and Christmas assistance.

The Tree of Lights campaign runs through Christmas Eve.