Salvation Army Starting To Gear Up for Holidays

The local Salvation Army is starting to gear up for the holiday season.

Applications are currently underway for two Salvation Army Christmas programs.

Lt. Ruth Kenyon is a Corps Officer and Administrator for the Salvation Army in Stephens County and surrounding areas.

She said one of the programs that sign-ups are underway for is the 2013 Christmas Senior Food Distribution program.

Lt. Kenyon said that the organization is handling sign-ups for this a little bit different this year.

“We are not just doing it for a week, we are doing it for a month,” said Lt. Kenyon.  “We are doing it on Mondays and we will also be doing it in a lot of different neighborhoods.  Seniors sometimes have a hard time reaching us, so we are going to surrounding areas in our community.”

Sign-ups began this past Monday and continue on Mondays throughout October.

People can sign-up every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army’s East Franklin Street location in Toccoa.  This coming Monday, sign-ups will also take place at locations on Queen Street and Robin’s Lane in Toccoa.  Sign-ups are also scheduled for other locations in Toccoa, Clarkesville, Cornelia, Cleveland, and Homer.

People signing up will need to bring a photo ID for all adults in the home, proof of income, and proof of expenses.

Sign-ups are also underway for the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” program.

Families needing to sign up for that can do so today from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army on East Franklin Street in Toccoa.

Again, people must have photo ID for all adults in the home, social security cards and birth certificates for everyone in the home, proof of income and expenses, and proof of custody for children in your care who are not your birth children.

Lt. Kenyon said as the “Angel Tree” program gears up, the Salvation Army will again rely on the community’s support to make it a success.

“We have great community sponsorships and we are looking for more community participation this year,” she said, adding the information will come out later this month.

Again, for more information on any of these programs, call the Salvation Army at 06-886-5293.

The Salvation Army does remind people that no applications for either program will be taken without the necessary documents and also asks people not to bring children to the application site.