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Salvation Army holiday assistance signups begin in November

Registration for The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving or Christmas assistance program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4-5, and from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Christmas signups continue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 1-3, and from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4-5. The registration location is The Salvation Army Church, 304 Beatty St., Medford.

The Army’s holiday program includes food for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and toys for children ages 12 and younger. Those wishing to receive help should bring identification for all family members, along with proof of residence and income verification. Income verification documents include a current pay stub, Social Security award letter, or a TANF or unemployment printout. Oregon Trail Cards will not qualify as a proof-of-income document. To qualify for assistance, family income must be no more than 130 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, monthly earnings for a family of four cannot exceed $2,584.

In 2013, The Salvation Army provided 271 families with Thanksgiving food assistance, and 794 families received Christmas assistance. Nearly 1,600 children received toys.

Thanksgiving distribution is set for Nov. 25, and Christmas distribution will be held Dec. 19-20. This year’s distribution location is at 344 Bartlett St. in a former Lithia Motors office building at the corner of Third and Bartlett in Medford. This is the second year Lithia Motors has provided free use of the building to The Salvation Army.

It will take hundreds of volunteers from the community to make Thanksgiving and Christmas happen for needy families in Jackson County, organizers say. Volunteer opportunities include counting, sorting and bagging toys and food, as well as assisting on registration and distribution days.