Angel Tree registration set for Sept. 26-27

Posted 9/17/16

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle

The Salvation Army of Walker County will be holding registration for its 2016 Angel Tree Sept. 26-27.

This year, registration for the Angel Tree is by …

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Angel Tree registration set for Sept. 26-27

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By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle

The Salvation Army of Walker County will be holding registration for its 2016 Angel Tree Sept. 26-27.

This year, registration for the Angel Tree is by appointment only. The Salvation Army is requiring parents or legal guardians to call ahead and schedule an appointment for either that Monday or Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Each appointment will last approximately 15 minutes.

Suzzette McMillan, the divisional service extension director for the Salvation Army, explained that she doesn’t like for the clients to have to wait when they come in to sign up for the program.

“We want to make it as organized and as quick as possible so parents can get in and get out,” McMillan said.

Parents or guardians need to bring copies of their own state ID, the child’s birth certificate and proof of income or expenses. Children 12 years old and younger are potentially eligible for the program.

Children who have participated in the program at least three times do not qualify for the 2016 Angel Tree program, regardless of whether their participation was consecutive or spaced out over a number of years.

Debbie Willcutt of the social services department at the Salvation Army of Walker County also requests that parents or guardians bring to their appointment a list of things their child wants for Christmas and know the child’s clothing size.

Donors will be able to visit the Salvation Army in November to pick up the list of things a child needs and the gifts will be given out in mid December.

McMillan asks that all gifts be unwrapped.

The Salvation Army is having Angel Tree registration earlier this year in order to give donors more time to plan and buy gifts, Willcutt said.

“We want these kids to have a good holiday,” she added.

Last year, the Salvation Army had around 125 children participate in the Angel Tree program. McMillan said they’re hoping to have at least 200 children participate this year.

Those looking to register for the Angel Tree need to call Debbie Willcutt at 205-221-7737 to schedule an appointment. The Salvation Army of Walker County is located at 207 East 20th Street in Jasper.