By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Christmas is three months away, but Tupelo’s Salvation Army this month will begin accepting applications for its annual Angel Tree program.
Needy families from Lee, Prentiss and Union counties – as well as Amory, Smithville and Wren in Monroe County – can register their children at Salvation Army’s Carnation Street headquarters from Sept. 24-27.
Parents must provide proof of residency, all forms of income, household bills, Social Security cards for the family, and immunization records for the children.
Those families who have received gifts from the Angel Tree for the past couple of years should come prepared to clearly demonstrate continued need, said Susan Gilbert, Salvation Army’s director of social services.
Those who are unemployed must demonstrate that they are looking for work.
Children age 12 and under accepted for the program will have their Christmas wish lists posted on paper ornaments that the nonprofit hangs from trees. Anybody can pick one or more ornaments and go shopping for that child.
Popular items include toys, books, games, clothing and bicycles.
Gifts are then donated to The Salvation Army, which prepares them for the parents who come to claim them in mid-December.
Last year Salvation Army helped provide gifts for more than 1,000 children.
Angel Tree applications
Families can register for Angel Tree from Sept. 24-27:
• Sept. 24 and 26, starting at 8 a.m.
• Sept. 25 and 27, starting at 1 p.m.
• Salvation Army, 527 Carnation St., Tupelo
• (662) 842-9222