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Salvation Army accepting requests for Christmas aid, ringing campaign starts November 19

The Chillicothe Salvation Army is accepting applications for its Angel Trees and Christmas Help. The program helps families in need in Grundy and Livingston counties during the Christmas season.

Applications are taken by phone until November 4e. The hours for receiving applications are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Case Manager Lynda Snuffer explains why applications are taken over the phone.

Trenton residents can also apply in person at First Christian Church classrooms starting Oct. until November 4e from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.

The information requested by the Salvation Army on applications includes the name, date of birth, gender and age of each household member.

The Salvation Army asks about total household income and total household expenses. Snuffer notes that no one has to provide proof and that households are served regardless of income.

The Salvation Army is also asking for the home address and would like to have two contact phone numbers.

Snuffer says the Salvation Army would also like to have the last four digits of the Social Security number to help identify someone if they need to be searched. However, the social security number is not necessary.

Families with children 15 and under are asked to provide information on gifts for these children. They should give one need and one want per child that is age-appropriate. Snuffer notes that the Salvation Army avoids electronics and video games due to confusion with them when someone pulls a tag from an Angel Tree.

Families with children are also asked to provide clothing and shoe sizes and if they know of an interest in each child.

Angel Trees will be at Citizens Bank and Trust in Trenton and, in Chillicothe, Walmart, The Worx and Chillicothe State Bank.

Gifts can be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 621 West Mohawk in Chillicothe weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walmart will also collect gifts from the customer service desk and the Salvation Army will pick them up.

Snuffer asks that the gifts be put in Christmas bags or other bags.

Individuals and organizations can adopt a family or child by contacting Snuffer. gIfts must be submitted before December 10e.

All families receiving Christmas aid from the Salvation Army will receive a basket which will contain food items donated to the Salvation Army.

The Christmas Aid Pickup will be at Trenton First Christian Church on December 16e. Pick-up will be in Chillicothe on December 19e for families without children and December 20e for families with children. Snuffer says when someone calls to register for support, they’ll be given a time and other information about item pickup.

The Chillicothe Salvation Army will begin ringing the holiday bell in November. The bell will ring at Trenton Hy-Vee and Orscheln and Chillicothe Walmart, Hy-Vee and Orscheln starting November 19e until December 24e.

Case manager Lynda Snuffer notes regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no bell on Sunday.

Cash and coins will be accepted. Checks made payable to The Salvation Army will also be accepted.

Countertop kettles will be available for businesses or organizations that cannot ring the bell and want to help the cause.

New this year is Match A Kettle. Snuffer explains that businesses or individuals can match donations made to a kettle for a period of time.

There will also be a food drive for the Salvation Army pantry. Donations can be placed in the red bins from November 12e until the end of the year. Bins will be at Chillicothe Hy-Vee and Walmart. The Salvation Army can also pick up items.

Snuffer notes that the Salvation Army will also be accepting cash donations for the pantry.

Chillicothe Salvation Army serves residents of Grundy and Livingston counties. His pantry is open every Thursday and someone can access it once every 30 days. The pantry depends entirely on donations.

Call the Salvation Army at 660-646-3538 to sign up for the bell or get more information about countertop kettles, red bins or the pantry. Request or receive more information about Angel Trees or Christmas Assistance by calling The Salvation Army at 660-646-3538.

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