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Would you be willing to be an angel for children in Navarro County this Christmas? It’s the familiar question that The Salvation Army of Corsicana asks each year.

Last year about 500 children were helped through the decades old program known as Angel Tree. The Salvation Army started the mission 40 years ago in attempt to help families fulfill Christmas dreams for their children. Families must show a financial need in order to qualify.

It is an undertaking that enlists the help of countless people: from Salvation Army staffers who work tirelessly to register families, businesses who host Angel Trees, to volunteers who gather and sort the items in a warehouse and prepare bags to be filled with Christmas love and toys and clothing.

Families register their children (ages new born to 12 years old). Each child’s name goes on an angel along with gender, clothing sizes and a suggestion of what toys the child might like. Then people like you and I take an angel, purchase appropriate items and return them to The Salvation Army or the Angel Tree along with the Angel. From there, a warehouse is filled with thousands of donated items. That is where the hundreds of children’s requests are pulled together and made ready for distribution just a few days before Christmas.

This year’s registration will begin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct 14, at The Salvation Army Corsicana at 212 E 1st Street. This will be the only Saturday sign up day. The rest of registration will happen from Monday, Oct. 14-Friday, Nov. 8 (only on weekdays) from 9am-Noon.

Those seeking assistance should bring the following: Photo ID(state ID or passport), one form of identification of everyone in the household, proof of income sources for the last month and proof of household expenses for the last month as well. Parents are asked to NOT bring their children to the registration.

Bilingual staff and volunteers will be available to help the Spanish speaking community.

I’ve been a part of this undertaking for a few years now. Knowing that I have an opportunity to share joy is why I keep coming back. There are so many ways to get involved. Donating a single toy helps, offering to host an Angel Tree helps and money helps. If you want to really see change in our community, become a volunteer. I guarantee you will know the spirit of Christmas when encountering some of our neediest people of Navarro County.

I proudly serve on the board of The Salvation Army because they have helped people here in Corsicana and the surrounding area for more than 120 years.

If you’d like to know more about Angel Tree or any of the numerous Christmas initiatives (Red Kettle program, stockings for inmates, nursing home visits), please contact our local Salvation Army at 903-874-7131.

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