The Salvation Army is looking forward to another busy Christmas Season.  I know, I know, it's not even Halloween, but they've gotta get planning now! The bell ringers will be out before you know it - and they'll be working to help people in need.  Now, we just need to know who needs that help. There are only a few guidelines for someone to get their family signed up if they think they'll need some help this Christmas.  There are certain times and certain monetary requirements, but nothing too difficult to wade through, paperwork wise.  They try to make it as easy as possible - the holidays are stressful enough.  They'll be signing people up at the main Salvation Army building, 1200 East Broadway.

The times for registration for signup are:

November 4, 11, 18, 15 (Tuesdays) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

November 5, 12, 19 (Wednesdays) from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October 30, November 6, 13, 20 (Thursdays) from 12:30  p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

November 8 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

So all you have to do is choose a time that works for you, and then be sure to bring a photo id for the applicant and other IDs for each person in the household (birth certificates of the kids, SSN cards for adults, something to prove how many of you there are), documentation of any help from the government (like TANF, SS/SSI, etc), a couple of recent pay stubs, a copy of a piece of recent mail (like a utility bill, something official to prove your address).

Income guidelines give you an idea of the kind of help you might qualify for.  For example, a family of one that either makes $11, 670  annually or about $972.50 a month would qualify.  A family of four that makes $1, 987.50 a month would qualify.  Those are just a couple of examples of gross income that would work.  If you need any questions answered, just call 826-1525 or visit   And, of course, if you'd like to volunteer in any way, or get signed up to be a bell ringer this season,  give them a call or stop by 1200 East Broadway, the Salvation Army offices, and they'll be happy to hear from you.

Happy Early Holidays,