WISH-TV8s Eric Halvorson helps one of the moms shop at the 2008 Toy Shop.

WISH-TV8's Eric Halvorson helps one of the moms "shop" at the 2008 Toy Shop.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas City Toy Shop is in it’s tenth year, but application deadlines for this year’s Christmas assistance is fast approaching. Thursday, December 3 will be the last day these applications will be accepted.

To be eligible for assistance, at least one parent needs to be employed or in school. This is because, “our program is for the working poor,” says Julia Sipes, The Salvation Army’s volunteer and special projects coordinator.

The applications must be completed fully to be considered, but Sipes assures that the process is not too difficult.

Applicants will need picture ID and Social Security Card, passport or green card for the head of household. Birth certificate, shot records, school records or Medicaid card will be needed for each child. Also, proof of employment or school status for head of household and proof of address need to be provided.

Social security numbers are used to ensure that families aren’t receiving duplicate Christmas assistances and children’s records are asked to be provided to confirm the child’s age.

Distribution of the Christmas City Toy Shop will be December 17 and held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Northwest Pavilion. All toy shop donations come from individuals and businesses in the community as part of the Angel Tree toy drive in partnership with WISH-TV channel 8.

Last year 912 families received Christmas assistance. This year Sipes says there will be anywhere from a 10 to 20 percent increase on the number of families needing assistance.

“Last year we were worried that there weren’t going to be enough toys,” says Sipes. But they ended up having extras to use this year.

On distribution day, families typically get two presents per child, stocking stuffers, a family game and a food certificate. Families can expect a new item this year, a food basket.

“I like giving the bikes away,” says Sipes explaining her favorite part of the distribution.

Sipes says that the bicycles that are given out come from a private donor. There is not one for each family, however this year there are fifty extra bikes being donated.

Here is a list of application sites:

The Salvation Army Fountain Square Corps, 1337 S. Shelby Street, 46203

The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps, 4400 N. High School Road, 46254

The Salvation Army Barton Center, 210 E. Michigan Street, 46204 (TUESDAY’S AND SATURDAY’S ONLY)

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