GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hundreds of people waited in line on Monday, the first day to apply for The Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program.
The Salvation Army of Greensboro Major Don Vick says he anticipates more families to apply this year.
"Maybe somewhere around about a 15-20 percent increase in requests this year. That's what's been going on in other assistance programs and that's usually a pretty good gauge for us to gauge what's going to happen at Christmas time," said Vick.
Reidsville, Thomasville, Asheboro and Greensboro began registration on Monday. There is a total of 14 registration locations in the Triad that run through the beginning of November. Sites will include some local churches and fire stations for those who do not have access to transportation.
To accommodate more families, The Salvation Army is asking for more volunteers to ring the bells for red kettle donations instead of using paid staff. The organization is also planning on creating more program drives with local companies to make up for the increase in requests.
To qualify, families must provide picture identification, their children's birth certificate, proof of income and expenses, as well as a wish list of toy ideas for their children.
Phone numbers for local Salvation Army offices:
- Asheboro — (336) 625-0551
- Burlington — (336) 227-5529
- Davidson County — (336) 596-8148
- Greensboro — (336) 273-5572
- High Point — (336) 881-5400
- Winston-Salem — (336) 723-6366
- Mount Airy — (336) 786-4075
- Rockingham County — (336) 349-4923
- Eden — (336) 627-4177
- Statesville — (704) 872-5623