Angel Tree sign-ups start this week

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 11:43 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Salvation Army is revving up their Angel Tree program and organizers say sign-ups are open.

With an expected increase in families needing assistance, the Salvation Army released recommendations to help people sign-up successfully.

Organizers say sign-ups will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Those interested are asked to meet at the Salvation Army’s Charleston location at 2135 Ashley River Road. The organization says to determine qualification, people will need all of this information in hand:

1. A state issued picture ID.

2. Original birth certificate for all children 12 years old and under on Christmas Day.

3. Clothing and shoe sizes for children 12 years old and under.

4. September 2021 EBT printout with household information and EBT amount or six-month recertification. Organizers say no EBT cards, texts, or online review will be accepted.

5. Proof of all household income and all household expenses if you do not receive EBT.

The Salvation Army says having all of this in hand will speed up the application process, especially with the expected increase in applicant.”

“Typically, we do around 800 families around 2,000 children,” said Capt. Mike Michels, Corp Officer of the Salvation Army for Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties. “Last year, with everything that’s going on in the world, the pandemic, people losing jobs and such, we saw an uptick [of over] 1,200 families almost 3,000 children, and [we won’t] be surprised if we see those kind of numbers again this year.”

The organization says it will be following social distancing and masking guidelines and to plan accordingly because people might have to wait outside. Those with questions are asked to call The Salvation Army at 843-747-5271.

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