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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The cold weather wasn`t enough  to keep people from events in the Gateway City Saturday night, that marked the beginning of the Tree of Lights campaign and fans attending the Blues Red Wings game.

The Salvation Army kicked off its busiest time of year with a big bang as the skies were filled with fireworks and the lighting of the Tree of Lights near Union Station to usher in the holiday season.  “During this holiday season to encourage people to reflect a little on what they have and thing about those who are less fortunate, “said Mayor Francis Slay

Organizers of the celebration say it's a testament that people wanted to supporting those in need, “A night like tonight nobody wants to be on the street. We at the Salvation Army want to make services that everyone has a place to sleep and out of the cold,” said Major Lonnell Richardson.

The weather couldn't keep Blues fans from supporting the home team. In fact, Blues fans invaded Cardinal National for an outdoor block party before the game. When asked why they braved the cold, they didn’t seem to be too worried about it. “I want to see the Blues play and see hockey in the cold and the cold is not going to stop me anyway.” Said Blues fan Sam Stanley.

The lighting of the tree and the festive of fireworks created a spectacular display, and those in attendance hope the holiday spirit will enhance the texture and heritage of the St. Louis community. “This is the real cold night of this year. The Salvation Army hopes no one loses their life and be on the street because they are homeless, “said Richardson.

The Salvation Army says their goal is to raise $6.2 million this season, and they believe they can reach that goal with the community’s help.