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The Salvation Army To Accept Applications For Annual Christmas Assistance Program

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Released 6 September 2012

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - September 6, 2012 - The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for its Christmas assistance program beginning next week.  Last year over 3,200 children received Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree program.  In addition, Salvation Army partners donated over 4,700 Christmas stockings that were distributed to area children and senior citizens.

"It's our busiest time of the year and the single largest ministry on our calendar," explained Knoxville Associate Area Commander Major Yvette Villafuerte. "It is a combined community effort and a lot of extra work, but being able to bring Christmas cheer to the needy in the community is worth it."

Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday, September 10-14 and again September 17-21 at The Salvation Army's office at 409 N. Broadway. 

Each family seeking assistance must bring ALL of the following items:

  • A Valid Identification Card for applicant and ALL adults in the household.

Acceptable forms of ID:

- U.S. Driver's License      - State-issued Non-Drivers ID

- U.S. Passport              &n bsp;  - Employee or School ID

- Social Security Card        - U.S. Military ID

  • Proof of residence (utility statement, bank statement, pay stub, etc.).
  • Proof of ALL income, earned and unearned (pay stub, unemployment, SSI, Pension, Veterans, Disability, food stamps, child support, AFDC, WIC, etc.).
  • Proof of rent, mortgage or subsidized housing.
  • Proof of other expenses:(car, medical, food, credit cards, loans, etc.).
  • ALL current utility statements (electricity, water, gas, electric, cable, phone, etc.).
  • Birth Certificates for children 12 years and under in the household and clothes sizes.
  • Guardian/Grandparents must present custody papers.

The Angel Tree program is open to children 12 and under or adults 60 and over.  No appointment is necessary.  Applicants are encouraged to not wait until the last day, but rather to apply earlier in the week. Applications for Blount, Sevier and Anderson Counties will be held at a later date.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with the application process.  For more information, call (865) 525-9401.        


About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to



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