HANNIBAL – An evening of free music for the public by the King Family Band will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Calvary Baptist Church, 4605 West Ely Road, to kick off the Hannibal Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Christmas campaign.
Prior to the concert, the new Christmas campaign chairpersons, Michael and Whitney Holliday, will be introduced, along with announcement of the 2019 goal.
In 2018 the $105,000 goal was surpassed, with $108,308 raised.
“We look forward to kicking off the 2019 Hannibal Salvation Army Christmas Campaign with a great night of music and fellowship with the Hannibal community,” Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council Chairman Charles Bindemann said. “The King Family Band will provide wholesome, family entertainment featuring a variety of songs that the entire family will love.”
Matt Schmidt, Salvation Army assistant development director, explained that, “at least three generations of the King family will perform, and some are Nashville award-winning artists.” The band is based in Monticello, Ill. It performs gospel, bluegrass, country, original and rock and roll music.
Schmidt promises it will be, “a great evening, a free concert with a free will offering.”
The Christmas kettle campaign will begin Saturday, with bell-ringers at local stores.
Volunteer bell ringers are always welcome, Schmidt said. To volunteer, register for a date and time on registertoring.com. Schmidt encourages the public to, “Donate money or time to ring bells. Both are important.”
The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in need in the counties of Marion, Ralls, Lewis, Monroe, and Shelby.
Local caseworker Alex McIntosh reported in 2018 Christmas assistance was provided to 878 cases, for a total of 2,705 people. The Salvation Army provided 755 Christmas food boxes and joined other agencies in providing 5,098 toys in the Toys For Tots of Northeast Missouri program,
Schmidt expects the local Salvation Army to provide 850 food boxes this year and more than 1,500 children to receive toys.
In 2018 social services provided by the Hannibal Salvation Army included 24 cases of rental assistance and 58 utility cases, according to McIntosh. It also provided 1,230 grocery cases in 2018. A total of 4,104 people were served food, plus 7,963 using the bread line, for a total of 12,076, McIntosh said.
In January the Hannibal Salvation Army Family Store celebrated its first anniversary at its location in Steamboat Bend Shopping Center. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
“All income goes to support our emergency social services program,” McIntosh said.