Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program registration opens in Rockford

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Salvation Army opens Christmas Assistance registration Monday.

The program helps families who are having financial difficulties to get food on the table this winter as well as toys under the tree this Christmas.

Major Teri Martsolf says the Salvation Army typically sees more than 1,300 families apply for the program during the holiday season. She says the early applications help the Salvation Army better prepare for the season.

"It's important so that we know how to plan and how we can make sure we have enough resources available to assist everyone who applies so it is important to try to get in this week so that we can make sure you get on the list and can get the help that you need," says Martsolf.

Registration is open until Friday, November 17. You can head to the Salvation Army Tabernacle at 210 North Kilburn Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday the hours are extended until 6 p.m.

Winnebago County residents will need to bring:
-A photo I.D. for the head of the household
-Proof of address for every member of the household, including children, that is dated in the last 30 days. For children that could be a DHS benefit letter, recent mail, or school records.
-Proof of birthdate for every child in the household aged 15 and younger. You may use a birth certificate or school records.

Registration will continue at the Social Service Office at 416 South Madison Street from November 20 through December 15 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.