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Salvation Army Extends Deadline for Christmas Assistance Sign-Ups

Posted Nov. 16, 2012, at 6:02 p.m.

Bangor, Maine—The Bangor Salvation Army has extended the deadline for families to register their children to be recipients of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to November 30.

“Our original deadline was November 21,” said Captain Evelyn Clark, Bangor Corps Officer. “Already, all of the appointments through that date have been filled. We feel that there are many more who have not contacted us yet, and we want to give them that opportunity before we close our registration.”

Registration will be by appointment only from November 21st to the 30th on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interested families should 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 Captain 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, and they need time to shop for the child and return the gifts to us before we can 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 need to be residents of the following towns: 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 also 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 500 families, which represented more than 1,600 children,” said Captain 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. We want to get the word out so that no child is forgotten this Christmas.”

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