From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 24, 1972:
All 800 lights had been lit the previous night on the Salvation Army's "Tree of Lights" outside the police and fire department building at Eighth and Vermont, according to Capt. Howard Chase. Each light on the tree represented a $10 Christmas fund contribution. The drive had surpassed its $8,000 goal the previous morning. Most of the money was to be used for purchase orders for Christmas dinners, Chase said, with "very close" to 800 families being served by the program this year. Leftover funds would be placed in the Salvation Army's welfare account for local emergency assistance throughout the year.