Register Staff Report
While the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are usually a time of happy gatherings with family and friends, for many, the holiday spirit can be crushed by the struggle just to have food and shelter every day.
However, families in need in Madison, Rock-castle, Lee and Estill counties can get help for the holidays from the Richmond unit of the Salvation Army. But they should request assistance before the end of October.
The organization will begin accepting applications for assistance on Monday.
The Salvation Army office, 1675 E. Main St., in Richmond, will accept applications from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Oct. 31.
For those who cannot come to the office during the day, one evening and one Saturday session are planned, said Capt. Mark Love, who with his wife, Capt. Sally Love, head the Richmond unit. The office also will accept applications 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Those with questions may call the office at 859-624-5826.
Applicants will be screened for eligibility to receive either a Thanksgiving or a Christmas meal basket and whether their children may receive gifts from the Salvation Army Angel Tree.
Christmas gifts for children through age 12 that include toys and clothing are made possible by donors who choose to be a “Christmas Angel.” Angel Trees will be going up next month.
Applicants for the holiday programs should bring the following to the Salvation Army office:
• Photo ID, such as a driver’s license
• Government issued identification for all household members
• A current food stamp eligibility letter or proof of all household income and expenses
• Children’s clothing sizes.