WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Last Christmas, the Salvation Army in Warren helped nearly 1,500 children in our area and officials said they are on track to help just as many this year.
The organization is taking applications for Christmas assistance, which includes food and toys. To register, each applicant must bring in several forms of identification, along with pay stubs and printouts from the Department of Job and Family Services from the last 30 days.
“We want to keep people accountable, so if they show they have a need, we understand that and most people who come, they won’t come unless they really need it, but that keeps them accountable,” Warren Salvation Army Capt. Dianna Morales said.
Sara Wiesen of Masury said she works, but it is tough to make ends meet, especially at the holidays.
“I am a working single mother and it is pretty hard for me living paycheck to paycheck to provide for Christmas and provide for food, so Salvation Army has helped me get the food and Christmas items I need so my little boy can have a good Christmas,” Wiesen said.
Children who are 12 and under are eligible for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Registration days are Oct. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 21, Oct. 23, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 270 Franklin Ave. S.E.
To register, applicants must bring:
- A current photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID
- Proof of all children in the household (birth certificates or medical cards)
- Proof of all other adults in the household (photo ID)
- Proof of income, including pay stubs, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services printouts from the last 30 days, child support papers, SSI/SSD letters, workers’ compensation statements and rent subsidy/utility allowance (bring all that apply)
- Proof of expenses, including lease/mortgage papers, utilities, car payments, insurance and child care.
For more information, call the Salvation Army at 330-392-1573.