Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Salvation Army Christmas Charity

Salvation Army KettleThis is the time of year that we all see those wonderful red Salvation Army kettles in front of stores. Millions of dollars are donated each year in the Christmas spirit by shoppers. These donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities.

In this economy, now more than ever, charities like Operation Santa and the Salvation Army need your help.

If you are a family who needs help from the Salvation Army here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Contact your local Salvation Army office to inquire about registrations dates and times for the annual Christmas Assistance program. You will need to know if they have registrations on specific days and times or if they require you to make an appointment. Remember, they are VERY busy this time of year, so please be patient and polite.
  2. Ask about the documents required of you. At a bare minimum you will be asked to provide identification for each family member. You may also need to provide a birth certificate health card, shot record or family services print out to verify your children’s date of birth. You may be asked to provide proof of income, so take a copy of your most recent paycheck stub, bank statement or a financial statement from a local human services office.
  3. Arrive at the designated facility promptly and with all required documents. Complete the paperwork, including a holiday basket application. Some agencies offer Christmas holiday boxes during the registration period. In other cases the applicants apply for a gift basket for future pick up.
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