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Sign up for Christmas help at The Salvation Army

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Families can now sign up for Christmas help from The Salvation Army. 

Anyone in Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties who are unable to provide for family members this holiday season may sign up. 

Everyone in line at The Salvation Army is here because they need help, but each one of them has a different reason for needing it.

"The reasons why they're here varies greatly, but the importance or the idea is they're in crisis and someone's got to do something," said Major David Minks with the Salvation Army.

"Recently divorced, living by myself, taking care of two kids by myself. No kind of support, just trying to be a good mom, and do what I can to keep my kids going," said Sara Page, who is applying for Christmas assistance.

Page has a seven year old son and a four year old daughter. She says without The Salvation Army's help, she wouldn't be able to give them a whole lot for Christmas.

And what her kids are asking for isn't much. 

"My little boy wants a skate board and my little girl wants a baby, a baby doll," Page said.

When asked what it mean to her to have a place like The Salvation Army to come to, Page responded, "It's a blessing. It's a blessing because they help with so much. We've come to their food bank in hard times and we come here for Christmas almost every year."

The application process started on Monday. The line started forming before the doors even opened. 

This holiday season, they're looking to help around 7,000 people and each year, it gets more expensive.

"Just to purchase and prepare our food baskets this year, it's going to be thousands of dollars more," Major Minks said.

But, their goal is to provide help to anyone who needs it.

"You can't turn people away. You can't have people say, 'well, I was looking for a good Christmas' and then we run short," Major Minks said.

Applications can be filled out at The Salvation Army on North Fulton Avenue in Evansville until November 2nd.

There are special evening hours on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Otherwise, they're open from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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