Apply for Christmas help starting Thursday

  • Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:21 a.m.

The Rowan County Christmas Bureau starts taking applications for holiday assistance Thursday.

The bureau handles the sign-up process for several funds or organizations that help children: the Salisbury Post’s Christmas Happiness fund, the Salvation Army of Rowan County’s Angel Tree, Toys for Tots of Rowan County, Project Santa in Denton and The Arc of Rowan’s Operation Santa Claus.

Each year, these programs provide gifts for thousands of area children who otherwise might receive none.

Applications for assistance will be taken this Thursday and Friday as well as Oct. 24 and 25 at the J.F. Hurley YMCA at Jake Alexander Boulevard, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Rowan County United Way and YMCA are key partners in the bureau. The United Way helped organize the group, with Jeanie Moore and Elaine Spalding acting as co-chairs, and the Y is hosting the application days.

Volunteers needed

The sign-up process has involved lining up scores of volunteers to accept the applications, and more are needed.

To volunteer, call the United Way office at 704-633-1802. Volunteers will work four-hour blocks of time — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or 3-7 p.m. There will be a break from 2 to 3 p.m.

A 30-minute volunteer training will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day before volunteers begin their work. Snacks and refreshments will be provided for volunteers.

What applicants should bring

Parents or legal guardians applying for help should bring the following:

• A current N.C. picture ID or driver’s license,

• A W-7 for every member in the household

• If ID is expired, need lease and utility bill

• Medicaid card

• Birth certificate for all children 12 & under

• Proof of all income and expenses

• Unemployment and food stamp verification letter

• Custody papers if guardian

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