PARKERSBURG - Appointments to register for the Angel Tree Assistance Program are being made now, the Salvation Army announced.
Lt. Mechelle Henry, pastor and commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Parkersburg, said signups for the program will begin Oct. 14. She said the appointments make the registration process easier.
"It worked out well last year; we were able to register 55 people every day," she said.
Henry said the organization has never turned away anyone for registering late and appointments can be made after registration begins.
"We ask them to come in because this is the right time to get out and give our donors and community time to respond," she said.
Henry said the Angel Tree program was established in 1990 and helps hundreds of families each year.
"Last year we helped a little more than 500 families," she said. "We gave out 3,000 toys and gifts last year in our service area of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie,Calhoun, Pleasants and Jackson counties."
The Salvation Army is looking for sponsors for the Angel Tree. Anyone who wants to be a sponsor can call the Salvation Army at 304-485-4529.
"For 2012 we had 30 companies sponsor the program and 20 individuals adopted families," she said. "We hope to double that number this year."
To sign up for the assistance program, the Salvation Army requires the following items for registration:
* Social Security cards for household members.
* Picture identification for adults.
* Medical cards or birth certificates for children.
* Proof of monthly income such as paycheck stubs, Social Security, SSI, child support and West Virginia Works or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
* Proof of monthly expenses such as rent or house payment, utilities, cable, telephone and other expenses.
* Lists of children 12 and younger with pants size, shirt size, coat size and ideas of what the child might want for Christmas.
"We want to be able to support these families in need this Christmas season," Henry said. "With the generous support of the community and donors, we can brighten the lives of many children on Christmas morning."
It is not too early for organizations to sign up to help with the annual Red Kettle Campaign, Henry said.
"The Red Kettle and Angel Tree program will kick off on Nov. 8," she said.
Bell ringers will be out until Dec. 24. Anyone wishing to volunteer for the bell ringers can call 304-485-4529.