Sgt. Roderick Usher stands at attention during Friday’s Marine Reserve Detachment’s kickoff of the Toys for Tots campaign at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.
ALBANY -- The Salvation Army and the Marine Corps Reserves are concerned that many area children in need might not get the Christmas they deserve this year.
Officials with the Salvation Army reported that 150 area families had applied for Toys for Tots assistance as of Wednesday. By Oct. 26 last year, there were 350 applicants signed up to receive toys.
"We know that there are many families out there who are in need and have been directly affected by this hard economic time," Salvation Army Capt. Douglas McClure said. "We are concerned about those families not getting the assistance they need this Christmas season."
Applications to receive toys are being taken at the Salvation Army office at 304 W. Second Ave. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays until Nov. 4. The organizations involved will be unable to take applications after that.
The Toys for Tots campaign kicked off on Friday, and officials have been accepting applications since Monday.
The service is available for families in Dougherty, Worth, Lee, Early, Baker, Miller, Calhoun and Turner counties that have children up to 12 years old. The required documents for an application are:
n A state-issued photo ID;
n Birth certificates for all the children being applied for;
n A current food stamp summary in the guardian's name;
n A current rent receipt and utility bill in a guardian's name;
n Verification of all the income for the household;
n Medicare cards for everyone in the household.
For more information on the application process, call the Salvation Army at (229) 435-1428. For information on how to donate, call (229) 639-8787 or go to www.albany-ga.toysfortots.org.