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Need help for Christmas? Angel Tree registration begins this week

Jacob Clark, Cecilia Tang and Ally Langlinais, all of Biloxi, select an Angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi on Friday Nov. 27, 2015.
Jacob Clark, Cecilia Tang and Ally Langlinais, all of Biloxi, select an Angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi on Friday Nov. 27, 2015. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Registration for Angel Tree assistance through The Salvation Army begins this week.

▪ For Jackson County residents, registration is Oct. 10-14 at 3217 Nathan Hale, Pascagoula, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

▪ Residents of Hancock County can register Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 1-3 at the Hancock Resource Center, 308 U.S. 90, Suite D, Waveland. Hours for all Hancock County dates are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For Hancock County, those applying are asked to call 228-463-8887 for an appointment; walk-ins will be assisted based on availability.

▪ For residents of Harrison, Stone and Pearl River counties, registration is at 292 Eisenhower Drive, Biloxi (the former Hancock Fabrics store location, in the same shopping center as Hobby Lobby). It will be Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. For Harrison County residents who received Angel Tree assistance in 2015, three Life Skills classes are required to receive another year’s assistance. The makeup day for the classes is Oct. 21 and will begin at 9 a.m. in the Area Command Office at 2019 22nd St. in Gulfport. The classes are Credit Counseling, Budgeting/Making Your Money Work for You and Communication Skills. Call 228-374-8301 to register or for more information.

▪ Residents of George County will register in early November at 52 Virginia St., Lucedale. Those with last names beginning with the letters A through L can register Nov. 1, and those with last names beginning with the letters M through Z can register Nov. 2. Makeup date for those with last names beginning with all letters will be Nov. 3. Registration time for all George County dates is 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.

Those applying for Angel Tree assistance must bring a valid state-issued photo ID. A parent or legal guardian must apply for only their own children (guardianship or custody). Documentation is required if the adult is not listed on the birth certificate. A state-issued birth certificate is required for children ages 12 and under; no copies or hospital certificates will be accepted.

The Angel Tree program began in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1979. The Salvation Army created the program for children who can’t receive Christmas presents without help and support. Each child who needs Christmas assistance is called an angel. Closer to the Christmas season, local retailers will have trees with local angels represented on each tree. Those wanting to help may select an angel to “adopt” and purchase new and unused presents. Every angel has suggested gift ideas, but those helping also are encouraged to be creative.

The following is a list of proof of income and proof of expense that is required at the time of application for everyone in the household. For income, the Salvation Army requests as many documents as possible. For expenses, at least 30 days (one month) of proof is required:

Income

Employment (all members of the household)

WIN Job Center registration verification form

TANF award letter

Utility allowance

SNAP award letter

Disability award letter

Social Security award letter

Pension

Insurance

Child support or DHS statement of nonsupport

SSI award letter

School grants or loans

Other income

Must present notarized statement of any income help from anyone else

Expenses

Section 8 paperwork

Rent

Utilities (water/sewage, gas, cable, phone bill)

Credit cards

Gas receipts

Grocery receipts

Car notes

Current medical bills

Rental furniture payments

Loans and other bills

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