Registration set for holiday assistance

Registration for The Salvation Army's holiday assistance program will be held Nov. 12 and 13 and Dec. 2, 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Nov. 14, Dec. 5 and 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The sign-up location is at The Salvation Army Church, 304 Beatty Street, Medford.

The church's holiday program includes food for a Thanksgiving or a Christmas dinner and toys for children 12 years of age and younger. Those wishing to receive help should bring identification for all family members, along with proof of residence and income verification. Income verification documents include a current pay stub; Social Security award letter; or a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or unemployment print-out. Oregon Trail cards will not qualify as a proof of income document.

In 2012, The Salvation Army provided 189 families with Thanksgiving food assistance and 1,400 families with Christmas assistance. Nearly 3,000 children received toys.

Thanksgiving distribution is set for Nov. 26 and Christmas distribution will be held Dec. 20 and 21. This year's distribution location is at 344 Bartlett Street in a former Lithia Motors office building at the corner of Third and Bartlett in Medford.

It will take hundreds of volunteers from the community to make Thanksgiving and Christmas happen for needy families in Jackson County, church officials said. Volunteer opportunities include counting, sorting and bagging toys and food as well as assisting on registration and distribution days.

For more information, call 541-773-6965.

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