Kansas City, MO (November 6, 2013) – The Salvation Army will kick off its 2013 Christmas Campaign Friday, November 22 at City Lights, downtown Kansas City’s annual holiday lighting event.

City Lights begins at 6 p.m. at Barney Allis Plaza, 12th and Wyandotte. The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is the focal point of the festive Christmas music and lighting display, featuring computer-generated holiday images across the hotel’s 22-story façade.

The event will feature entertainment by the Raymore-Peculiar High School marching band and the Crossroads Academy Children’s Choir. Fox 4 Chief Meterologist Mike Thompson will emcee the event and Santa Claus will make a special appearance! Complimentary refreshments, including Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be served at Barney Allis Plaza prior to the ceremony, beginning at 5 p.m.

City Lights is the official kickoff of The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Campaign, which raises money to fund Salvation Army programs year-round. These programs include food pantries in eight community centers across the metropolitan area, emergency rent and utility assistance, affordable day care for children of low-income families, a children’s shelter for abused and neglected children, alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, senior programs and visitation, homeless shelters and transitional housing and prison correctional programs.

The chair of The Salvation Army’s 2013 Christmas Campaign is John Sherman, founder and director of Inergy, L.P. For more information about The Salvation Army’s Christmas events and volunteer opportunities or to donate, go to www.salarmymokan.org.