Salvation Army opens registration for Angel Tree program

Here is how you can register

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Now is the time to register to get on the Angel Tree this holiday season.

The program allows local people to give gifts to children and senior citizens in need during the Christmas season.

But the recipients need to register before the campaign begins.

And Salvation Army officials figure there will be a lot of need this year.

“The poverty rate in Chattanooga is 20.7 percent, while throughout Tennessee it is 16.7 percent,” said Chattanooga Area Commander Matt Cunningham. “With this higher than average percentage of residents below the poverty line, our goal is to bring the joy of Christmas to these families in need.”

This is how it works.

People in need register, their names are placed on the trees at local malls, people pick the names and then shop for them, then the gifts are distributed to families to place under their own tree this season.

Here is what you need to do to register yourself or someone else:

— Complete an application. The application process varies by county

— For applicants in Hamilton and Marion Counties in Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties in Georgia, register online:

— For applicants in Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea or Polk in Tennessee, register in-person at 437 Inman St., Cleveland, TN 37311 or call (423) 308-3467 to schedule an in-person appointment to apply.

— If applying for an adult with a disability, please call the Angel Tree Hotline at (423) 305-6937 for English and (423) 305-6933 for Spanish.

— After completing the application, families of the angels will be notified of acceptance into the program.

— Before receiving gifts, applicants must provide identification, income verification and proof of guardianship. The family will be assigned a gift pick up date and time via email for their angels.
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