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Salvation Army sign-ups for Christmas assistance continue

STEUBENVILLE — The Salvation Army of Steubenville is continuing to accept applications for Christmas assistance for families and individuals in need.

“We have 101 families that have signed up this year thus far for Christmas assistance,” noted Capt. Angie Smith, who serves as corps commanding officer of the Salvation Army at 332 N. Fourth St. along with her husband, Capt. Michael Smith.

Online applications continue to be accepted through Friday with the final in-person sign-up day on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who sign up on line will still need to bring in verification of the information requested, she noted. That includes documentation such as a photo ID, proof of address and income and birth certificates for children up to age 12.

“We’ve gotten a lot of new applicants this year because we are doing the online version, so I think with COVID and social media, we’ve been able to get the word out more, and it’s just easy to sit at home and sign up,” she said. “We have seen some new clientele from that, and I believe with the COVID pandemic, people are in more of financial need of Christmas assistance as well so we have seen our numbers increase,” she said.

Each family will sign up to receive a food box and toys for their children from birth to 14 years of age. “When they come in, we ask them to give a wish list or toy suggestions for their children. We ask for three toy suggestions. Each request should be $50 or less because we rely on the community to purchase those gifts for the children, and angel tree tags will be in different locations around the community,” Smith said.

“Wal-Mart is a huge supporter and partner this year for the angel tree,” she explained. “You can even go on walmart.com, buy gifts on line if you’re not comfortable going into the stores, and they’ll be shipped directly to the Salvation Army, so it’s been just phenomenal the way that Walmart has stepped up to help our community,” she said,

“All gifts should be unwrapped because we give wrapping paper to the parents, and we allow the parents to first of all, see the gifts their children are getting and then the excitement of them being able to wrap it and place it under the tree is important to us as well,” Smith added, noting donations of wrapping paper, tags, bows and tape are appreciated also.

“If you do sign up in person, we ask that only one person per family come in and do the signup because of the pandemic,” Smith said. For information call the Salvation Army during business hours from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at (740) 282-5121.

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