Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Registration is Underway

It's time to sign up for Stuff A Bus

Columbia, SC (WLTX)  The Salvation Army has begun registration for Christmas assistance.

Note: Signups for the Sumter Salvation Army, which services Sumter, Lee, and Clarendon Counties, has already ended.

Orangeburg Signups: October 24-28

The Salvation Army in Orangeburg plans to accept applications at The Salvation Army at 791 Nottingham Street on October 24-28.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday hours are 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. People applying for assistance will need to bring the following items:

1. Picture ID and/or ITIN cards for person applying.
2. Long form birth certificates for each child or DSS Benefits Printout.
3. Clothing sizes for all children in the home 12 years and younger.
4. A copy of all monthly bills.
5. Proof of all income/ or lack of from unemployment office in the home including Medicaid/Medicare, Food Stamps, SSI, and WIC.
6. Name and birth date for every person in the household over the age of 12.
 

The Salvation Army in Orangeburg serves Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun Counties.

Columbia Signups: November 1-3

The Salvation Army in Columbia plans to accept applications at the Ruff Building on the State Fairgrounds at 1200 Rosewood Drive on November 1-3.  Tuesday hours are 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Wednesday and Thursday hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  People applying for assistance will need to bring the following items:

1. Picture ID for the head of the household.
2. Identification cards for everyone residing in the household. The following IDs can be used: U.S. driver’s license, Social Security card, State-issued non-driver ID card, U.S. passport, Employee ID card, School ID card, Health insurance card (not Medicare), Matricula Consular ID card, U.S. military ID card and Birth Certificate.
3. Proof of age for every child 12 years old or under. Only children 12 years and younger can receive Christmas gifts. Birth certificates or other official documents may be used for proof of age.
4. If your household qualifies for Food Stamps (SNAP), bring your EBT card and a recent food purchase receipt using your card.  With proof of Food Stamps (SNAP) benefits, numbers 5, 6, and 7 (below) are not necessary.

5. Proof of all income in the home for the past 30 days (pay stubs, unemployment statement, SSI Disability, Social Security statement, VA or other pensions).

6. Anyone 18 years or older and receiving no income must show proof of zero wage (Zero wage statement from the unemployment office).

7. Proof of all household expenses paid in the past 30 days (not bills that you owe, but bills that were paid).
Please note that no children will be allowed in the fairground buildings during registration or distribution weeks. Do not bring your children to the fairgrounds or leave them in your car. Please make arrangements for someone to care for your children elsewhere while you are applying for Christmas assistance. The door will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. on November 1. The door will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. on November 2. The door will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. on November 3. 

The Salvation Army in Columbia serves Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield and Kershaw Counties. 

Please understand that if you don’t comply with these policies we will not be able to assist your family this Christmas.

The Salvation Army hopes to provide assistance for all families meeting the qualifications.  The number of children The Salvation Army is able to assist is dependent on community support through toy and monetary donations.

Those who register will be able to benefit from News19's annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign.  We will be stationed at area Walmart stores throughout the Midlands collecting toys and canned foods.  Those collection dates are December 2 and December 9.


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