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If You Need Christmas Assistance

The Salvation Army of Central Virginia has began accepting applications from families seeking Christmas assistance for their children on Monday, October 17 and will conclude the application process on Saturday, October 29. Applicants must have an appointment to apply.

Families can still schedule appointments to complete their Christmas applications by visiting SalvationArmyCentralVA.org and following instructions related to Christmas Assistance. The appointment process began on Monday, October 3 and will end when appointments are full. 

Partnerships that assist The Salvation Army in providing Christmas gifts to Central Virginia families in need include the Angel Tree program with NBC12, Richmond Christmas Mother with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Coats for Kids with Puritan Cleaners, Fox Holiday Socks with Fox Richmond, and Holiday Cheer & Gear with ESPN 950AM .  Support from Page Auto Group assists The Salvation Army with transportation needs.

Families who have made appointments to apply for Christmas Assistance in the city of Richmond will visit 1406 Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23229 (Regency Square) during their appointment time to complete their application. Families applying for Christmas Assistance in the Tri-Cities area will visit 1228 South West Street, Petersburg, VA 23803 to complete their application. NOTE: In an effort to preserve the magic of Christmas, children are not allowed at the Christmas Warehouse. Failure to comply will result in the appointment being rescheduled. 

Families MUST bring the following records with them to their appointment:

1) Photo identification (proof of current address needed if not on I.D.)
2) Birth certificates (to verify ages) for children applying for (ages 0-14)
3) Proof of household income (one of the following)
– Benefit award letter from Social Services or Section 8 Housing or
– Most current month’s paystub or
– Benefits award letter from Employment Commission or
– Benefits award letter from Social Security or private insurance company
4) Applicant should be prepared with all eligible children’s clothing sizes.

Failure to bring the correct items to the appointment may result in the appointment being rescheduled.

Eligibility Guidelines
Families must meet one or more of the following criteria:

    – Experiencing a financial crisis or hardship
    – Child/children participate on free or reduced lunch program
    – Receive TANF
    – Receive SNAP (previously known as food stamps)
    – Low income, at/below the poverty line

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis – Please, no children at registration.

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