Salvation Army Taking Christmas Applications

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

It's still the beginning of October, but for some, it's already time to start thinking about Christmas.

With all the economic troubles going on this year, more parents are seeking assistance to get gifts for their kids, and the Salvation Army in Parkersburg isn't wasting any time making sure these families are able to have a good Christmas this year.

They started taking applications Monday for people who need financial assistance, and parents say they're grateful for all the help they can get.

"I've never been in this financial situation before where i had to get help like this, but I'm glad this place is here to help give my kids Christmas," Jennifer Mowery said.

This is Mowery's first trip to the Salvation Army, and she's here to make sure that on Christmas morning, her two kids have presents under the tree.

"It's very devastating for a parent who wants to buy something for their children and has no money," Major Vernon Dolby with the Salvation Army said.

Something that's affecting parents this year, more than ever.

"We know it's gonna be a tough year. We already know that. Normally the first day you won't have as many people as we've already had," Dolby said.

For many kids, Christmas is the best time of the year, but even when times are tough, mother's like Jennifer say they won't let anything get in the way of a good family Christmas.

"I really love them, and I'm glad I can come here to get help; otherwise they probably wouldn't have Christmas," Mowery said.

But the Salvation Army can't do it alone. It relies on people who do have extra money for Christmas, to help those who don't.

"Because of the economy, we know financially we're already hurting and we're going to continue to hurt, so if you have two nickels, you may want to share one with somebody else," Dolby said.

Now if you're someone who does want to share with parents trying to buy gifts for their kids, the Salvation Army is always taking donations.

But if you're someone who's seeking help to buy your kids presents, be sure to head over to the Salvation Army sometime within the next two weeks.

There are a few things parents need to bring with them. Here's a list.

- Social security cards for all members in the household
- Picture ID for all adults
- Medical card or birth certificates for all children
- Proof of all monthly expenses (rent, house payment, utilities, cable, phone, car payment, car insurance, charge card payments and etc.
- A list of all children's pant size, shirt size, coat size and five items your children might want for Christmas

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  • by Deborah Location: Mefferd on Dec 16, 2008 at 10:04 AM
    I am a single mother of two, a girl that is 16 and a boy that is 13. I work on weekends, but I don't make enough, I go to school, and my car is getting ready to break down. I don't care about myself, but I want my kids to be able to get up on Christmas with something instead of nothing. I know a lot of people help others with young kids, but mine are not so young. Their dads can't even help me out with Christmas. I would really appreciate the help. I know I work, but I just don't bring home enough to get presents, I can't afford any presents for my kids and I would love to see them open presents on Christmas morning, I have been stressing over this for a while now and I really need the help. If you could help, please let me know, Christmas is right around the corner and I don't know what to do about it. My husband and I are getting a divorce, so I want them to have something, I hope I'm not too late. God Bless and Happy Holiday's too everyone.
  • by renee Location: michigan on Dec 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    Hi my name is Renee,i am looking for help for my grand-daughter for Christmas,I am off on dissibilty right now,i don't have any income at this time.i applied for ssi .have not got anything yet.i have raised my grand-daughter sence she was one,she is now ten.if some one can help me this year please let me know.thank you for letting me post this.
  • by Ebony Location: Bay City on Dec 8, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    I just got fired from my job and I don`t have no money for my family for christmas I need help and god bless you all!
  • by uknown Location: martinsburg wv on Nov 28, 2008 at 10:06 PM
    i as well missed the cut of for the salvation army i have 3 children ages 7,8,10 and could use some christmas help anyone could help or could let me know of help i would appriciate it.Godbless and Happy Holidays
  • by MyIsha White Location: Pontiac, MI on Nov 19, 2008 at 05:16 AM
    Hello I really need help giving my nephew a good christmas but i have a problem i only have ss card and i cant find his mom most of the time i have had him sence he was born so what shold i do?
  • by mandy Location: martinsburg w.v. on Nov 12, 2008 at 07:27 PM
    i really need help with christmas for my 2 little girls if their is anyone that could help me or put me in the right direction i would appericate it i missed the date for the salavation army to put my kids on the list thanks again mandy
  • by Tammy Location: Glendale,AZ.85301 on Nov 9, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    I am a mother of two girls I don,t have a job and I don't have any money to buy christmas presents for them. I am living with someone but they can't help me. Is there anyone that can help me? I just can't see my kids go without because of me. PLEASE someone help me! Thank you Tammy Johnson
  • by jennifer cooper Location: maury county on Nov 7, 2008 at 09:27 AM
    hello my name is jennifer cooper . I am a single mother of three kids a 9,7, and 3 year old. I am in need of help getting my kids christmas.I was working at walmart but got laid off. I am living off of childsupport and all of it goes for rent.
  • by Tina O'Donoghue Location: 2628 Loopridge dr. orange park fl. 32065 on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    My husband died unexpectedly on Nov. 25th, 2008. I have files for disability 2 months ago, but as you know that could take years. I want to ensure my children get a cift for christmas. Thank you.
  • by delinda Location: eastbank on Oct 26, 2008 at 04:27 AM
    what is the age limit
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