Corps offers Cheer

Published 9:13 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Salvation Army’s Washington corps is accepting applications for assistance during the upcoming Christmas season.
That assistance is provided through the Christmas Cheer campaign.
Applications will be accepted through Friday. Applicants may file applications from 9 a.m. to noon today and Friday.
All applicants must bring specific items with them when they apply for assistance at the Salvation Army offices at 112 E. Seventh St., Washington. The required items follow:
• Photo ID for the head of the household.
• Birth certificates or some official proof of birth for all children under age 12.
• Proof of all income for the past four week.
• Proof of expenses paid during past four weeks.
• Proof of residency (lease, rental agreement or notarized letter from landlord).
Each applicant must have all of the required items for his or her application to be accepted.
“We’ll help as many as we need to. There’s not a limit on it,” said Lt. Chris Lyles, commander of the Washington corps.
Monetary donations to The Salvation Army may be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 877, Washington, NC 27889 or dropped by The Salvation Army’s Washington corps headquarters, 112 E. Seventh St., where donations of toys or other items should be made.
Under the Christmas Cheer program, a list of needy families will appear daily in the Washington Daily News for a specific period of time. Anyone wishing to “adopt” one of those families may do so by contacting The Salvation Army’s Washington corps by telephone at 946-2523 or visiting its office. Anyone sending a contribution should put the case number for the family on the check. The number should appear on the check exactly as listed in the newspaper.
Just before Thanksgiving, the Washington corps will have its Angel Tree and Red Kettle collection sites up and operating, Lyles said.
Under the Angel Tree program, the names of needy children (and sometimes senior citizens) are placed on Christmas trees in shopping centers, churches and similar sites. A person selects one of the tags, buys a gift or gifts appropriate for the person described on the tag and takes the gift or gifts to the Angel Tree.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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