2017-11-11 / News

Santa’s Helpers set date for families to submit applications

BY BILL WILLCOX
COURIER-TIMES STA FF WRITER

Santa’s Helpers has set the date for families to apply to receive gifts so their youngest members will have a joyous Christmas.

In years past, the community service organization has been able to provide a bag of toys to light up the eyes of about 550 children who might otherwise go without.

Applications for assistance will be taken on Monday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. in the FEMA room at the Person County Human Resources Building, at 355 S. Madison Blvd. in Roxboro.

Applicants must have a valid ID and verification that the children they apply for are in their custody.

This can be done by bringing in the child’s Medicaid card with the child’s address the same as the parent’s ID.

If a child does not receive Medicaid, parents can bring a written statement from a case worker, teacher, day care provider, health care provider, landlord or minister.

The verification letter must include the parent’s full name and address, full name and birth date of all children being applied for and must include the telephone number of the person making the referral.

Personal references of friends and family will not be accepted.

Volunteers will be available to assist with the application forms and to answer questions.

Santa’s Helpers leaders encourage churches and communities to notify those who would benefit from this service.

“We feel there are families who need our help but may not know about us or who may feel uncomfortable asking for help,” said Coordinator Robin Simpson. “We would like to have the opportunity to help all families who are struggling through the holiday season.”

Santa’s Helpers is a community service organization comprised of volunteers.

Contributions of toys and money come from businesses, non-profit organizations and private citizens of Person County.

Several other groups support the program too, including the Toys For Tots Program sponsored by the US Marine Corps, and the Steelhorse Strangers Motorcyle Club.

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