GREEN BAY - December may seem like forever away, but Amy Kroll is already thinking about Christmas morning.
The single mother from Howard was one of hundreds of people signing up for some holiday help in Green Bay on Thursday. She's been participating in the Brown County Salvation Army's annual Christmas assistance program ever since her son was born six years ago.
"It means a lot to me because without it, there really wouldn't be a Christmas with presents under the tree," said Kroll.
Participating families can get food, Coats for Kids, and Christmas presents.
Even though Kroll works full-time, she says she can't afford to buy her son presents. That's where the Salvation Army steps in.
"Even though they weren't personalized from me, at least I know that my community is standing behind me and helping me as a single mom," said Kroll.
Despite the fact that many people feel the economy has started to slowly recover, the Salvation Army still expects to assist more people this year than last year.
"Last year we had about 2,500 families and we're thinking this year at least maybe a 3% increase," said Nan Pahl, the director of social services for the Salvation Army of Brown County.
Pahl says the growing demand for help has presented challenges, but the community continues to donate enough each year to meet that need.
"We try to make sure that anyone that is in need of help can get some help. But we do have requirements," said Pahl.
To get help, you'll need to show how much you make and prove that you are a citizen of Brown County.
Those who have been through the screening process before, say there's nothing to worry about.
"Don't feel embarrassed. Don't feel like you're the only one ... Because you're not," said Kroll.
There are nine more chances to interview for Christmas assistance. The interviews are held at the Corps Community Center, 626 Union Ct., Green Bay on the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, October 12: 1 pm - 7 pm
- Thursday, October 14: 9 am - 1 pm
- Monday, October 18: 3 pm - 7 pm
- Saturday, October 23: 9 am - 1 pm
- Tuesday, October 26: 9 am - 1 pm
- Saturday, November 6: 9 am - 1 pm
- Tuesday, November 9: 3 pm - 7 pm
- Thursday, December 9: 9 am - 3 pm
- Monday, December 13: 10 am - 2 pm
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