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Hero Central: Families start signing up for Angel Tree Program
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The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is underway, thousands of families are expected to line the halls at three locations for the next two-weeks in hope they can provide their children with a happy holiday.

Georgena Clay is applying. She says, "I'm a single mother of four children and I know sometimes it can get hard to get the kids the things that they need for Christmas."

This is Clay's fourth time to apply. If it wasn't for Angel Tree, Christmas wouldn't look so promising. She smiles, "When I see a smile on my children's face it makes me happy; that's the best Christmas gift that a mother could ever receive for their child."

For the first time, the Salvation Army will have a Spanish interpreter at the North Little Rock and Saline County locations.

Major April Taylor says, "We are very happy to be able to supply a need that the community is showing us exist."

Taylor is seeing more first time applicants. She expects a high demand this year due to unemployment and if they can't buy food or pay bills, they're not going to buy gifts. Just in Little Rock and North Little Rock more than 3,000 families are expected to participate.

"This situation could be the only opportunity people have for Christmas," Taylor adds.

Participants must have the following:

  • A current Picture ID
  • Social Security Card for every member in the household (W-7 for immigrants)
  • Proof of address such as a lease or utility bill
  • Birth certificate for all children
  • Proof of income/expenses
  • If you have unemployment or food stamp verification (letter)

"Then we're able to take a snap shot of what's happening in that household and identify what the greater need is and how to provide that," Taylor explains.

Christmas for Clay will come when her family is approved and strangers become heroes and purchase gifts for her kids. She says, "If I knew the names of the people who picked my children's names off the Angel Tree, I would really like t thank them and send them a thank you card."

Once the child has been accepted, their name will go on an Angel Tree at Park Plaza Mall, McCain Mall and your local Walmart. Shoppers will then have the opportunity to brighten a child's holiday by purchasing a gift for them.

** The age group is between newborns and age 12.

The Salvation Army distributes the gifts to the families and provides food as well.

Where to apply:
Little Rock/ NLR - October 18-28
18th and Division Street
M & W - 9AM-3PM
T & Th - 9AM-Noon and 6PM-8PM
501-374-9296

Jacksonville - October 18-20
209 S. Oak Street, Jacksonville
501-985-1331

Saline County - October 18-22
129 N. Main Street, Benton
M & W - 2PM-8PM
T & Th - Noon-4PM
501-315-1058

For more information, click here.

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