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Salvation Army Expects Record Christmas Assistance Demand

Anderson Observer

Christmas is 78 days away and the Salvation Army of Anderson needs your help to help your neighbors.

This week the group is signing up families experience financial hardship, whose children will not receive Christmas gifts if the community is not generous, for the organization's annual Angel Tree Program

The Salvation Army wants children (12 & under and special needs of any age) of these families to have "a magical Christmas no matter what the hardship." 

The group is expecting a record number of more than 2,000 applications for holiday assistance from across Anderson County as the need continues to grow in our community.

How to Help

It's easy to sign up to help a child. Beginning in November, take an "Angel" off one the Angel Trees in various locations around the county. That "Angel" will include information and a child's Christmas wish list. After purchasing the gifts, simply drop them off at the The Salvation Army at 112 Tolly Street, the Boys & Girls Club at 1030 Salem Church Rd., the Anderson Mall Toy house, or at Walmart drop off boxes.

The Angel Tree distribution of gifts will be Dec. 18-19.

If You Need Help

Sign up this week betwee 9 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Center for Worship & Services,112 Tolly Street, in Anderson. 

Please bring the following documents to apply for Christmas Assistance for children:

  • Current photo ID for the person applying
  • Proof of residency
  • Birth certificate for all children aged 12 and younger
  • Income verification within the last 30 days
  • Proof of expenses
  • If you receive government assistance/ DSS Household Summary

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