October 30, 2006
Volunteers for the Salvation Army are opening their doors for those who already know they'll need a little help come Christmastime. The Annual Christmas Assistance registration began Monday and workers say the demand this year will be impressive.
"Probably between 800 to 1,000 families, households will be registering, not only children and other adults, but elderly as well," Salvation Army Director, Bruce Smith said.
After showing proof of income and expenses, families can register their young children for the Angel Tree and for those teenagers, the WAHU Stocking, a program started just last year.
"Often those children are left out, they're still in need of gifts, maybe not toys like you would have for the Angel Tree program," Smith said.
The WAHU Stocking, like the Angel Tree, allows area residents the opportunity to bring a little holiday cheer to those children, and based on past experience, community response should be overwhelming.
"The Charlottesville community is very receptive, very giving, very concerned for people in need especially during this year," Smith continued.
This assistance program serves four counties: Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Louisa, any resident in those areas is eligible if they meet the financial requirements. Registration runs Monday through Friday, November 3rd.
Aside from the Angel Tree and WAHU Stockings, the Salvation Army also provides traditional holiday meals for those who qualify.