BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Salvation Army has extended to the deadline for families to register their children as recipients of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to Tuesday, Dec. 6.
“Our original deadline was November 21,” said Capt. Evelyn Clark, Bangor corps officer. “Although families have come to us since we first began registration in late October, we feel that there are many more who have not. We want to give them that opportunity before we close our registration.”
Registration is by appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, through Dec. 6. Call 941-2990 as soon as possible to set up an appointment.
“It is important that we have information from the families early because the Angel Tree process takes several weeks from beginning to end,” said Clark. “We need time to put the children’s information on Angel Tree tags, and then put them out at the Bangor Mall. Individuals will then take the tags. They need time to shop for the child and return the gifts to us before we give them to the family.”
The Angel Tree program helps children from birth through age 17.
Those signing up for assistance should provide proof of residency documenting their current address. This includes one of the following: a current TANF statement, Social Security statements or a recent utility bill. Families must be residents of Bangor, Brewer, Exeter, Glenburn, Hermon, Kenduskeag, Levant, Orrington or Veazie.
Parents also need to provide proof of dependants, documenting the children who live with them. This includes one of the following for each child: a current TANF statement that lists children, MaineCare ID cards, birth certificates or court papers. Parents should bring a list for each child with suggestions for one large toy or gift, one small toy or gift, stocking stuffers, coat size, shoe size, pants size and shirt size.
“Last year, we helped nearly 400 families, which represented more than 1,200 children,” said Clark. “We plan to serve at least that number again this year, particularly because we know that there are working families struggling to meet their basic expenses and Angel Tree helps them to provide the extras. So far we have had only 185 families register. We know there are many others who may not have heard about it, which is why we want to get the word out, so that no child is forgotten this Christmas.”