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Salvation Army Angel Tree, Toys for Tots join forces for season of need heightened by COVID-19

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 18:24:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — It's the time of the year when many of us start to think about the holidays.

For some families, things will be a bit different due to the financial impacts of COVID-19.

Two local organizations are teaming up to make sure no child goes without this holiday season.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program usually helps about 800 families in the Tallahassee area.

This year, with so many people out of work due to the pandemic they're expecting to see an even greater need.

That's why the Salvation Army is combining the two programs for the largest Christmas Assistance program in our area.

The Angel Tree and Toys for Tots hope to make sure no child or senior citizen is left without a gift under their tree this year.

People in Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla Counties can apply.

They need to show a valid picture ID, birth certificates for every kid under 12 as well as seniors over 65, proof of residency, proof of income, and proof of expenses.

To apply, come to The Salvation Army of Tallahassee weekdays between October 5 and October 16. Applications will be taken between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. For a full listing of registration days, hours, and dates, please visit www.salvationarmytallahassee.com.

Captain Ashlee Wildish says she has faith that together we can rescue Christmas for those in need.

"We expect a slight increase from families and seniors finding themselves in first-time situations of needing assistance," said Wildish. "The community has always been very generous and we've never lacked items to distribute to the families in December."

More than three dozen people have already applied since they opened registration.

The angel trees will start going up next month.

Families in need of some support have until October 16 to register with the Salvation Army.

Something else to keep in mind, masks must be worn when going to the Salvation Army to apply, and children are not allowed inside the application center.