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Bangor Salvation Army begins Christmas assistance sign-ups

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BANGOR - Parents who are interested in registering their children to be recipients of The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, which provides Christmas gifts for children from birth through age 17, should contact the Bangor Citadel Corps for an appointment immediately by calling 941-2990. Registration began Oct. 19.

Each year, The Salvation Army in Bangor assists hundreds of families with toys and food for Christmas. Last year alone, nearly 600 families received Christmas help, an increase of 100 from the previous year. With the struggling economy, it is expected that more families will have limited resources to provide the extras such as new toys and a special meal this Christmas. Because of this, families are urged to register early so the Army is able to plan for adequate resources to meet the need.

Registration will be by appointment only on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. from Oct. 19 to Nov. 21. Families who would like assistance should call 941-2990 to schedule an appointment.

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, one small toy, one stocking stuffer, coat size, shoe size, pants size and shirt size.

'We know that there are families who need this extra help as they work to manage their everyday expenses,' said Captain Tim Clark, corps officer of The Salvation Army in Bangor. 'The community supports us so that we can ease the burden of those in need throughout the year, and especially at Christmas time. By giving families the opportunity to register now, we will be able to better use the resources entrusted to us.'


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