Apply now for Angel Tree

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 7, 2007

Staff Report

It may seem like it’s too early to plan for Christmas, but not for the Salvation Army.

The organization is getting ready to make the holidays a joyful experience for more than 300 families and hundreds of children this coming Christmas.

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The Salvation Army Angel Tree program will begin taking applications this Monday for those wishing to apply for Christmas assistance.

“We always do the sign-ups the first part of October,” said Capt. Don New of the Salvation Army. “That gives us two months to collect the toys.”

Applications will be taken at 2104 Franklin St., behind Selma High School. Applicants may apply Monday, Tuesday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Salvation Army uses the federal poverty guidelines in choosing families.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure these individuals who sign up are truly the ones who need our help,” New said.

Last year, about 600 children received assistance to make their holidays bright. New said they expect about the same amount this year.

Those applying for assistance must bring photo iden birth certificates for each person in the household, proof of income and expenses. Families qualifying for assistance will receive toys for children ages newborn to 12 years of age.

For additional information, you can call the Salvation Army at 334-872-1646 and speak with Tonya Williams, Christmas coordinator.

Area residents, church and school groups, service clubs and businesses are asked to consider being a part of this effort, by adopting a family through The Salvation Army.

“We have a lot of individuals and churches who participate, but we’d like to see more corporations donate,” New said.

You may adopt a family by simply calling 334-872-1646 and committing your “gift” to bless a family in need.

If you prefer, you can visit the office at 2104 Franklin St.

The Salvation Army goes to great lengths to ensure that efforts are not duplicated, using an extensive interview process.

The Salvation Army is a partner with the United Way.

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