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November 1, 2011

Angel Tree signup deadline is Saturday

— Muskogee-area families who wish to sign up their children, ages 12-and-under, for Christmas gift assistance through the Salvation Army have through Saturday to register.

Captain Ben Walters at the Salvation Army said sign-ups for the annual Angel Tree program haven’t been as brisk as expected.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army Church at Independence and G streets.

The Angel Tree is a Salvation Army tradition that helps families put presents under the tree no matter what hardships they are facing each year.

“We just want to be of service and help make someone’s life a little better, a little brighter,” Walters said.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program began in the late ’70s or early ’80s, he said.

It provides an opportunity for anyone who wants to help to pick an “angel” off a Christmas tree placed at area stores and Arrowhead Mall.

The angels have age, gender, clothing sizes, needs and a small wish list on each.

“If you want to adopt an angel off the Angel Tree, just choose however many angels you want to adopt,” said Kisha Chambers, social service worker. “You buy the toys or gifts you are able to buy and it has all the information on there where you need to bring the gifts back to and by what date and time.”

Families with children 12-and-under that register for the Angel Tree are automatically registered to receive a food box as well, Chambers said.

Families who receive food stamps need to bring a photo ID and referral from the Department of Human Services to register.

Those who don’t receive food stamps need to bring photo ID, a birth certificate or shot record for each child in the household, proof of income, social security cards for every member of the household and proof of address such as an utility bill.

Chambers said to be sure and bring each child’s clothing size information, their needs and their wish list for “Santa” to registration.

“We can give families a good Christmas,” Walters said. “And it’s our mission to do so — to give them a good Christmas.”

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

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