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Salvation Army alters process for those needing Christmas help

Salvation Army alters process for those needing Christmas help
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:14pm

The Salvation Army is making some changes to its longstanding process for receiving help at Christmastime and a fundraiser it began last year, an official said Tuesday.

Rather than have people call this month to make appointments during October to determine whether they are eligible for Christmas help, the agency will take walk-in applications from Oct. 14 to 25, said Laurie Ramsey, human resources coordinator.

“We noticed that a lot of people didn’t keep their appointments last year, so we decided it would be easier just to interview applicants on a first-come, first-served basis,” Ramsey said.

The people who need help providing Christmas presents for their children or Christmas dinner for their families often lack reliable transportation or work jobs with rotating schedules, so it’s not always possible for them to keep appointments made several weeks ahead of time, she said.

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