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Julie Smith
Special Events/Community Relations Coordinator
Salvation Army of Tallahassee
(850) 222-0304 (o) (850) 408-4982 (c)
Julie_Smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army of Tallahassee will accept applications for Christmas Assistance beginning Monday, September 15

This special program provides assistance for more than 2,000 children and seniors in our service area each year.

Tallahassee, Fla. (September 10, 2014) – Beginning this Monday, September 15, The Salvation Army of Tallahassee will begin accepting applications from the community for its Christmas Assistance program known as the “Angel Tree.”

The Angel Tree program is open to all residents of Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties. Applications are taken for children and senior citizens. Acceptance to the program is based on qualifying need. To apply, come to The Salvation Army, located at 2410 Allen Road beginning Monday, September 15. Applications will be taken between the hours of 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm each workday through Friday, October 3. Each applicant must provide the following documentation in order to apply:

1. Picture ID for ALL adults in your home.
2. Birth certificates for ALL children in your home.
3. Social security cards for EVERYONE in your home.
4. A lease agreement with your name and address on it.
5. Proof of ALL income for the home (including cash assistance, food stamps, and child support).
6. Proof of ALL expenses or bills that you pay (rent, utilities, phone, cable, car, insurance, daycare, etc.).

Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmastime.
The program got its name because the Majors identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards that featured pictures of angels.
They placed the cards on a Christmas tree at the mall to allow shoppers to select children to help. Thanks to the Majors White, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.

Three years later, when the Majors were transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, Angel Tree was launched in the Music City. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol’ Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S.

Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wildfire. Today, the Tallahassee Angel Tree is sponsored by and is located at JCPenney in the Governor’s Square Mall.

Angel Tree gives individuals, partnering corporations and community groups an opportunity to ‘adopt’ less fortunate children and seniors and provide personalized gifts and necessities to those who would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season. Donors can be confident that their gifts go directly, and without excessive overhead, to those who are truly in need, since all Salvation Army Angels are not served by other holiday assistance programs and each family must provide proof of need.

“We want to bring spiritual light and love to those we serve at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten,” states Captain Julio Da Silva, Corps Officer of the Tallahassee Salvation Army, “By God’s grace and the blessings of our incredible supporters and volunteers, we can provide basic necessities, food, clothing, shoes, and toys for hundreds of families in need this year.”

The Salvation Army is community supported, and we cannot do this without your help. We need many volunteers to help make the Angel Tree successful for Tallahassee and the surrounding communities. For more information on how you can help The Salvation Army in Tallahassee call (850) 222-0304.

About The Salvation Army
The 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.

 

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