June 29, 2016

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Salvation Army taking applications for holiday food, gifts

MEDINA — Area residents in need of food and toy Christmas baskets this holiday season can begin applying at The Salvation Army of Medina.

Last year, 367 families received food during the Christmas holiday and 718 children were given toys, according to Susan Harr, corps management assistant with the local Salvation Army.

“We tend to get great participation from our toy and food drives,” she said.

People interested in registering for food or toy baskets are required to schedule an appointment with the Salvation Army in advance.

Anyone living in the city of Medina and the Chippewa Lake, Spencer and Litchfield areas are eligible for the program, Harr said.

Food baskets are available for all qualified applicants. Food items typically include mashed potatoes, stuffing, bread, vegetables and vouchers for turkey, ham or other meats, she said.

Toys often include board games, dolls, stuffed animals, action figures and model cars, Harr said.

Christmas baskets will be distributed to youths 12 years old and younger.

People applying are asked to bring a present lease or utility bill to document place of residence and verification of all income, expenses and identification of those living at home, such as a birth certificate or driver’s license.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact The Salvation Army of Medina at (330) 722-6488.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.

Note: The Salvation Army, 425 W. Liberty St., Medina, is accepting applications from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Thursday and Tuesday, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday.