Christmas application begins Monday in Tville

Salvation Army expects 2,000 applications countywide
Oct. 10, 2013 @ 01:35 PM

The Salvation Army of Davidson County will accept applications for Christmas assistance from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 14-16, at the Thomasville office, 10 Pine St.

The hope is to serve 2,000 children in the county, according to Scott Bannister, executive director at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Thomasville.

Sign-ups began in Lexington Oct. 7.

" A couple years ago, we had 700 applications,” said Bannister. “We've over doubled that by just going out to different parts of the county. The main thing is making sure children have Christmas. I can't imagine Christmas being a regular day. They see it on TV, in the stores. I just can't imagine a child not having anything."

Additional dates include the following:

• Oct. 17 Southmont Fire Department, 11030 N.C. Hwy 8

• Oct. 18 Welcome Fire Department, 287 N. Leonard Rd.

"When we ask the parents what the children might like, each child is different," Bannister said. "Board games, puzzles, action figures...We have the angel tree program where we take applications at different businesses where they can take an angel off the tree. Steer them in the direction of adopting an angel, so they know exactly what they want."

Applicants must bring at least one form of photo identification, proof of income and expenses and identification for all household members — photo ID, passport, Medicaid card, student ID, insurance card, birth certificate or Social Security card.

Legal guardians must bring proof of custody.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.