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Salvation Army of Tallahassee to begin accepting applications for Christmas assistance

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Published: Sep. 30, 2016 at 5:07 PM EDT
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By: Mariel Carbone

September 30, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)—The Salvation Army of Tallahassee will begin accepting applications for its Angel Tree program Saturday.

Interested families have two weeks to apply. The deadline is October 13.

New this year, the Salvation Army is partnering with Toys for Tots. Together the two organizations will host one drive instead of two separate ones. This means families only have one opportunity to apply for Christmas assistance, instead of two.

“We do our Angel Tree signups a little earlier than Toys for Tots has traditionally done.” said Lt. Ryan Meo, Salvation Army. “And then anyone who misses our Angel Tree signups can then sign up during a four week window when ours closes in October.”

This year, that won’t happen.

“Our signup window is the one and only chance for families here in Tallahassee to provide a Christmas for their children. So we’re doing whatever we can to get the word out,” said Meo.

During the two week time period, interested families can stop by the Salvation Army office on 2410 Allen Road in Tallahassee. There, they will speak to intake representatives, who will gather the documents, ask a few questions about the family’s financial situation and then add the children to an Angel Tree.

Some of the necessary documents include a photo ID, proof of residency and some income information. These documents, relatively the same as what was needed to register for the Toys for Tots program. All necessary documentation can be found online at

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The Angel Tree program serves individuals in Gadsden, Wakulla and Leon counties.

The Salvation Army will also begin taking applications for its Silver Bells program, which provides Christmas’s for senior citizens.

“One thing we will have a need for, this year especially, is support for our Silver Bells program,” said Meo. “Many senior citizens go forgotten for Christmas.”

By combining the Toys for Tots and Angel Tree program, the Salvation Army is expecting to serve more than a 1000 children. Last year they served 700. That’s not including the Silver Bells program.

With such an expansion, the organization is also looking for donated warehouse space to store, sort, organize and bag the gifts. About 10,000 square feet of space is necessary.

For more information, residents can contact the Salvation Army of Tallahassee at 850-222-0304.