TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for Christmas assistance from Lucas County residents. Applications will be accepted at The Salvation Army at 620 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604 on Oct. 9-12, 22, and 24-26 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. and on Oct. 23 from 1 to 6 p.m. Those who apply and meet the requirements will receive holiday assistance right before Christmas, which includes a gift card for food and toys for all children under the age of 14.
In 2017 The Salvation Army accepted 2,853 applications throughout Northwest Ohio. They assisted 10,114 individuals, 6,112 of whom were children.
The following documentation is required for all applications:
1. Picture ID for all adults in the household;
2. Proof of income for the household, current within the past 30 days (Note: everyone living under the same roof in a single family home is considered a household member) such as a pay stub, unemployment or SS/SSI/SSD printout;
3. Proof of address with the applicant’s name, address and dated within the past 30 days, such as a utility bill or mail received in the past 30 days;
4. Birth certificates for each child in the household or one of the following that must include a birthdate: official school records, printout from Social Security or income tax return from 2017; and
5. Custody papers if child is not your birth child.
Wood County residents can apply for Christmas assistance at The Salvation Army Building in Bowling Green, 1045 N. Main St., Suite 8. Applications are accepted Monday-Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. Ottawa County residents can get an application from Jobs and Family Services in Ottawa County, all Ottawa County Public Libraries or The Salvation Army in Port Clinton, 1834 E. Perry St. Applications can be turned in at the same locations where they are distributed and will be available starting Oct. 1 and must be returned by Dec. 1.
The Salvation Army has a few programs that collect donations for families receiving assistance during the holidays. One of these programs is Adopt-a-Family in which an organization, group, family or individual signs up to provide a family with a holiday meal and 3-4 toys per child. One of the largest supporters of the Toledo Adopt-a-Family program is The University of Toledo. For the last few years the UT Division of Student Affairs organizes members on campus to adopt families, which last year benefited 70 families in the community.
“The campus rallies around the Adopt-a-Family program as a way we can give back and ensure families in our community can enjoy the holidays,” UT Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell said in a press release provided to 13abc. “The University of Toledo is proud to be this city’s university and the positive impact we can have on our community. We appreciate this partnership with The Salvation Army that provides such a great opportunity to serve.”
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved during the holidays with The Salvation Army. If you would like more information or want to sign up to Adopt-a-Family program, contact Dr. Tonia Pace at AdoptaFamily@use.salvationarmy.org. For additional ways to support The Salvation Army during the holidays or throughout the year, contact and follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/TheSalvationArmyNorthwestOhio.