(10/21/11) -The Salvation Army of Genesee County is now accepting applications from residents in need of Christmas assistance. Dozens of men and women filled a room at the site on Kearsley Street in downtown Flint on Monday morning, hoping to qualify for help.
"It's a blessing, because without them I wouldn't be able to eat," said Dorothy Jones.
"I think it's wonderful for the county, especially at this time with the way the economy is and with them cutting cash assistance...I think this is a very good thing," said Monique Thompson.
The Salvation Army says the need is growing, but helping those in need is becoming tougher for the agency.
"It has been a tough, tough year, almost all of those who support us are cutting back... everybody is feeling the pressure. Our Christmas fundraising is going to be very critical this year so that we can help all these folks," said Captain Jon Augenstein of the Salvation Army.
The organization will still strive to meet the needs of everyone who qualifies.
"Our commitment is that we don't turn anybody away... What we need is folks who can donate to help us with the effort. The real push we are going to need this year is for folks to buy gifts that we can distribute for the Christmas toys," said Captain Augenstein.
In Genesee County, you can apply for assistance from now until Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army located at 211 W. Kearsly Street in downtown Flint and The Salvation Army Beecher Corps located at 1475 W. Coldwater Road.
No appointment is needed. Be sure to bring ID, proof of income, a current bill and proof of dependents in your home.
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