Released 6 September 2012
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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
"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
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
- A Valid Identification Card for
applicant and ALL adults in the household.
forms of ID:
Driver's License - State-issued
bsp; - Employee or
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
- 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
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
About The Salvation Army
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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.