Deadlines for holiday assistance approach for East Tennesseans

Deadlines for holiday assistance approach for East Tennesseans

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"Unfortunately, the sign-ups and registrations for [the Angel Tree] program have come and gone, but there still is the need for angel adoptions and that will kick off November 6," said Salvation Army Spokesperson Rob Link. "Unfortunately, the sign-ups and registrations for [the Angel Tree] program have come and gone, but there still is the need for angel adoptions and that will kick off November 6," said Salvation Army Spokesperson Rob Link.
Toys for Tots is still gearing up for the holiday season. "They can register up until that deadline and then just show up at our distribution center and get a toy for their children," said Knox County Toys for Tots Commissioner Sgt. Gregory Schuster. Toys for Tots is still gearing up for the holiday season. "They can register up until that deadline and then just show up at our distribution center and get a toy for their children," said Knox County Toys for Tots Commissioner Sgt. Gregory Schuster.
The Salvation Army is searching for donations for their other services they will provide throughout the rest of the season. That includes the annual Christmas dinner. The Salvation Army is searching for donations for their other services they will provide throughout the rest of the season. That includes the annual Christmas dinner.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The holiday season is fast approaching, and so are the deadlines for those seeking assistance from local charities.

Holiday season preparations have already begun for many charities. Several hundred local families signed up last month at the Salvation Army for its annual Angel Tree program.

"Unfortunately, the sign-ups and registrations for that program have come and gone, but there still is the need for angel adoptions and that will kick off November 6," said Salvation Army Spokesperson Rob Link.

Those adoptions will help fill the wish lists of those in need. They can be made at the Salvation Army.

For families who've missed that deadline, there is still hope for a toy-filled Christmas morning. Toys for Tots is gearing up for its big toy drive, and they expect to provide over 20,000 toys this year. All you have to do is fill out the application form any time before the dates the toys are handed out.

"They can register up until that deadline and then just show up at our distribution center and get a toy for their children," said Knox County Toys for Tots Commissioner Sgt. Gregory Schuster.

The tentative distribution dates are December 7, 8 and 11, but collecting those toys is on hold due to a lack of storage space.

"I don't really want to give out the drop off boxes and all the locations yet, because we don't have anywhere to put the toys," said Schuster. "So once I get a warehouse location, that's going to start the domino effect and really get the campaign underway."

While the Marines are searching for warehouse space, the Salvation Army is searching for donations for their other services they will provide throughout the rest of the season. That includes the annual Christmas dinner.

"Christmas dinner is served here to the public," said Link. "That's going to be a traditional meal. Donations of turkeys, hams and traditional stuff for that is welcome as well."

As always, they welcome any volunteers interested in donating their time over the holidays.

The United Way also says there are several other organizations that help out during the holidays and the best way to get your needs met in time is to call 211.

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