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August 28. 2012 10:41PM

Santa Fund signup times are announced


 

MANCHESTER — The Salvation Army Tuesday announced signup dates for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance from The Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army. Residents of Manchester, Bedford and Litchfield are eligible for assistance.

Applications will be taken from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29, 30 and 31 and Nov. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. Evening signup hours are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and 14.

Applicants must bring proof of ID for all family members, including birth certificates, driver's license and visas. Also, proof must be provided of all income and all expenses.

The applications will be taken at the Salvation Army Manchester Corps, 121 Cedar St., only on the days and at the times specified.


How to donate

Santa Fund donations can be made by completing the online form by clicking "Donate" below or send a check to:

THE SANTA FUND
c/o New Hampshire Union Leader
P.O. Box 9555
Manchester, NH 03108

You can also drop off the printed form in our newspaper and a donation in the Santa Fund box at the Union Leader, 100 William Loeb Drive in Manchester from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will also have a donation drop box at the Intown Manchester Holiday Market on Thursday, November 29 and every Thursday in December.

Share a holiday greeting

With your donation, the Union Leader will publish a short holiday message in the newspaper. Just write it up exactly as you would have it appear, printing clearly, and mail it along with your donation. If you prefer to donate online, follow the link on the page following the transaction to submit a Christmas message.



For more information, please contact Shannon Sullivan, Union Leader Community Relations Manager, at (603) 206-7833 or ssullivan@unionleader.com

The Union Leader Santa Fund is a community tradition that has supported the Salvation Army for more than 50 years. The Santa Fund was first established at the Post Office Fruit in Manchester after a chance 1959 meeting between the Salvation Army major and the then-editor of the Union Leader.

In its first year, the Santa Fund brought in $1,000 to support the Salvation Armys Christmas effort. Since then, the Santa Fund has raised nearly $6.8 million, thanks to the generosity of the community and local businesses. Santa Fund dollars continue to provide warm clothing, meals and toys during the holidays, as well as support Kids Caf, summer camps and other critical programs throughout the year. Last year's drive brought in over $240,000 thanks to the generosity of local businesses and residents, bringing the lifetime total to nearly $6.8 million.

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