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Columbia, S.C., September 12, 2013The Salvation Army in Sumter plans to accept applications from families who would like to apply for Christmas assistance at The Salvation Army in Sumter at 16 Kendrick Street on September 30 – October 4. Times are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 a.m. – 12 noon and Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. People applying for assistance will need to bring the following items:

1. Picture ID (for person applying)

2. Proof of income for each person in the home (including Food Stamps, TANF, Social Security, SSI, VA pension, fuel assistance, child support/alimony)

3. Proof of ALL individuals living in the home (food stamp print out with names and birthdays of ALL living in the home, rental lease)

4. Copies of monthly bills: This includes rent, utilities (gas, water, cable, phone, electric, car payments, car insurance, monthly gasoline cost, loan payments, furniture payments, food, health or life insurance, medicine and doctor payments, child care)

Please contact Pamela Lassiter at 775-9336, ext. 15 for more information.

The Salvation Army in Orangeburg plans to accept applications at The Salvation Army at 791 Nottingham Street on October 21 – 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. People applying for assistance will need to bring the following items:

1. Picture ID and/or ITIN cards for person applying.

2. Long form birth certificates for each child.

3. Clothing sizes for all children in the home 12 years and younger.

4. A copy of all monthly bills.

5. Proof of all income in the home including Medicaid/Medicare, Food Stamps, SSI, and WIC.

6. Name and birth date for every person in the household over the age of 12.

Please contact Lt. Wanda Long at 803-534-6805 for more information.

The Salvation Army in Columbia plans to accept applications at the Ruff Building on the SC State Fairgrounds at 1200 Rosewood Drive on November 5 – 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. on November 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on November 6, and from 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. on November 7. People applying for assistance will need to bring the following items:

1. Picture ID for the head of the household.

2. Identification cards for everyone residing in the household. The following IDs can be used: U.S. driver’s license, Social Security card, State-issued non-driver ID card, U.S. passport, Employee ID card, School ID card, Health insurance card (not Medicare), Matricula Consular ID card, U.S. military ID card.

3. Proof of age for every child 13 years old or under. Only children 13 years and younger can receive Christmas gifts. Birth certificates or other official documents may be used for proof of age.

4. If your household qualifies for Food Stamps (SNAP), bring proof of your most current award statement (your award statement not EBT card). With proof of Food Stamps award, numbers 5, 6, and 7 (below) are not necessary.

5. Proof of all income in the home for the past 30 days (pay stubs, unemployment statement, SSI Disability, Social Security statement, VA or other pensions).

6. Anyone 18 years or older and receiving no income must show proof of zero wage (Zero wage statement from the unemployment office).

7. Proof of all household expenses paid in the past 30 days (not bills that you owe, but bills that were paid).

Please note that no children will be allowed in the fairground buildings during registration or distribution weeks. Do not bring your children to the fairgrounds and leave them in your car. Please make arrangements for someone to care for your children elsewhere while you are applying for Christmas assistance. The door will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on November 5. The door will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. on November 6. The door will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. on November 7.

All people seated inside will be served after the door closes. Chairs will be set up and everyone will come in an orderly fashion and sit down. Please understand that if you don’t comply with these policies we will not be able to assist your family this Christmas. Children receiving assistance through Families Helping Families will not be eligible.

Please contact Melani Miller at 454-9552 for more information.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

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