October 23, 2010

Programs offer holiday assistance

Kennebec Journal Staff

AUGUSTA -- The Salvation Army in Augusta and St. Mary's Social Justice group are teaming up this year to coordinate holiday assistance for local families.

The Salvation Army will take applications for aid for Thanksgiving and Christmas for both organizations this year on week days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Nov. 1 and 12.

Families can also sign up on Nov. 4 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Anyone seeking a Thanksgiving basket this year must sign up during those times.

All applications will be taken at the Salvation Army office at 11 North Pearl St., Augusta.

Last year, the two organizations helped a combined 400 families, according to a statement from Capt. Matt Morrison of the Salvation Army.

Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at St. Michael School.

For more information, call Morrison at 623-3752.

WATERVILLE -- The Christmas Program at The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers will accept applications for Christmas assistance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 25 until Dec. 3.

To qualify, families must agree to the following guidelines:

* Must meet state income guidelines;

* Agree not to accept Christmas assistance from any other organization, unless it is only for food;

* Must be the parent or legal guardian of the children for which they are applying; and

* Must apply only for children who are 12 and younger.

Applicants will be asked to provide social security numbers for each income-earning individual in the household, the amount of the annual gross income and any food stamps or child support received for every adult living in the household, and provide proof of income. Applicants should also have children's clothing and shoe sizes.

To apply, call an intake volunteer, Monday through Friday, at 872-0261 or (877) 604-4357 to apply.

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