The Salvation Army in Nebraska’s largest city is getting ready for thousands of people to come into their office and sign up for holiday assistance. Those wanting to sign up for assistance can do so starting Wednesday, November 2nd through Friday, November 11th, excluding Sunday, November 6th when the office is closed.
Parents of children in need of toys for their children can sign up for Toyland Days. Spokesperson Susan Eustice tells us they have Angel Trees in many retail locations across the Metro where shoppers can select items requested for those in need. In the middle of December parents can come and “shop” for children’s toys so there is something special under the tree on Christmas morning. Over 5,000 children received toys through the program last year.
The Salvation Army also has an Adopt-A-Family program where they receive a holiday meal and toys for their children. There were over 2,300 families in the program in 2010.
The Salvation Army hosts two holiday food programs. On Thanksgiving, hundreds of volunteers will deliver pre-made meals to shut-ins and those who can not leave their homes. They will make over 1,200 delivered meals that day alone.
Families and individuals can also sign up to receive a food voucher that will provide all the necessary items for a Christmas dinner.
Those signing up must bring documentation of income, social security cards or birth certificates for everyone receiving help and a photo I-D. Those applying for Adopt-A-Family need to bring a current phone bill. Registration takes place at the Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center at 36th and Cuming Street in Omaha.