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Applications for Salvation Army Christmas Assistance down

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Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away and with Christmas right on it's heels the season of giving is upon us.  For the Salvation Army, it comes in the form of a program called Christmas Assistance.  The program that helps out needy families in our community.Christmas Assistance is a program that helps out needy families in our community.

With the state of the economy, you'd think there would be more applicants than ever this year but the Salvation Army says that's just not the case.  They started taking applications one week ago but they say they're 30% below where they were this time last year.

"There's no shame in needing help this year," says Social Services Director Liz Kurtz.  "The economy has been down for a very long time and there's a lot of people that this might be the first and only way they ask for help.  We offer it because we know people need it.   You might not be able to afford those extra toys and the food when the kids are home from school in Christmas break.

The Salvation Army will be taking applications for the Christmas Assistance program through November 22nd and they say every family who asks for assistance will get it.

Interested applicants need to make sure to have a picture ID and Social Security card for everyone 18 years and older in the home.  For those under the age of 17, birth certificates are required.  You must also have proof of income for everyone in your home as well as proof of address which could come from utility bills, a lease or other official mail. 

Everyone who qualifies will get food fro a holiday mean and toys for kids through 12 years old and sometimes old.

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