BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Salvation Army has extended its deadline to Nov. 27 for families to register their children through age 17 to receive gifts through the Angel Tree program. The original deadline was Nov. 19.
“Initially, we had a slow start of families coming to sign up, but as we were better able to get the word out, all of our appointments filled up and we still had families calling to seek Christmas assistance. We want to give them the opportunity to receive help before we close our registration,” said Capt. Evelyn Clark, Bangor Corps officer, in a press release.
Registration is by appointment only weekdays Nov. 20-27, with a limited number of early morning and evening hours available, as well as regular office hours. Interested families should call 941-2990 for an appointment.
Information from the families is needed as early as possible because the Angel Tree process takes a few weeks. Salvation Army’s Angel Tree helped more than 1,500 children in more than 600 families in 2012.
“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. We have had a good number of people seeking help for the first time this year. We know there are many others who may not have heard about our Angel Tree program, which is why we want to get the word out, so that no child is forgotten this Christmas,” said Clark in the press release.
Children from age birth to 17 years or senior in high school qualify. Parents need to provide proof of residency, documenting their current address with a current TANF statement, Social Security statements, or a recent utility bill. Families need to reside in Bangor, Brewer, Exeter, Glenburn, Hermon, Kenduskeag, Levant, Orrington or Veazie. Parents also must provide proof of dependents living with them, which could be froma current TANF statement listing the children, MaineCare ID cards, birth certificates or court papers. Parents also are asked to provide a list for each child suggesting one large toy or gift, one small toy or gift, stocking stuffers, and sizes for coats, shoes, pants and shirts.