Salvation Army takes applications for Angel Tree Christmas assistance
The Salvation Army will begin taking applications for its annual Angel Tree Christmas assistance program this week.
The Angel Tree provides gifts for children ages 12 and under as of Christmas day.
Applications will be taken from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8 and 9, and from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 10 and 11, at the Salvation Army headquarters at 322 Gayle Ave. Applicants must apply in person.
Last year, the Angel Tree project provided Christmas gifts for about 650 families and more than 1,200 children, said Lt. April Tiller with the Salvation Army of Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell and Edgefield counties.
“We partner with the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots campaign, and they help us gather all of the toys. They are very, very proud supporters of the Salvation Army and are a huge, huge partner,” Tiller said. “They make sure we don’t have to buy toys with money from our annual Kettle campaign. We can use the Kettle money so we can help people pay their light bills and support our shelter. We’re always looking for the best ways to save money but continue to do the good that Aiken has called us to do.”
To apply for the Angel Tree program, applicants must have primary custody of the child or children and must bring a government-issued photo ID, proof of income, proof of expenses and the birth certificates for all children ages 12 and under.
Applicants also should bring wish lists and clothing sizes.
This year, the Salvation Army will travel to Barnwell to service clients in Barnwell and Allendale counties.
“That’s new this year,” Tiller said. “We’re prayerful for a smooth transition into this new adventure.”
The Kettle Campaign will start Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, at locations around Aiken, Tiller said.
“Those donations are used to help support our shelter; our Boys and Girls Club programs; our church programs on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; and disaster relief,” she said.
Tiller said the Salvation Army always is looking for volunteers. For more information, visit the Salvation Army of Aiken’s Facebook page.