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Brunswick Family Assistance is in the midst of accepting applications for its annual Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program.
According to program director Lora Moree, this year they’re missing some seniors. They know there are seniors in need in the county, yet they haven’t received many applicants.
Last year the program served 110 seniors throughout the county.
The program provides a complete Christmas meal and gifts to seniors 60 and older and to children 12 and younger. Food baskets are available to any age group.
“If you don’t qualify for the ages, we can do a food basket,” Moree said.
Appointments are being made through Nov. 7, and they fill up quickly. There will be walk-in days on Nov. 8-9.
“If you didn’t get an appointment, you have to be here on the 8th or 9th and please be patient,” Moree said.
The walk-in days are always busy, and there is often a long wait. BFA staffs extra employees and volunteers on those days but still has difficulty filling the demand. Appointments are recommended.
“We will have 10 people on those days doing intake,” Moree said.
To qualify, a household must have income at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Applicants must provide the following proofs: Income for all household members, Brunswick County residency, Social Security/ITIN cards for all adults, birth certificates or current Medicaid cards for all children age 12 and younger, and all monthly household expenses.
The poverty level for a family of two is $1,226 per month, a family of three is $1,544 per month, and a family of four is $1,862 per month.
In addition to registering participants, BFA is seeking people to adopt tags, especially in the northern end of the county.
Last year BFA served 2,700 individuals through the Christmas program. This year BFA’s Leland distribution site will be at Closer Walk United Methodist Church at 117-C Village Road behind BB&T. The Shallotte site will be behind The Brunswick Beacon on Smith Avenue.
For more information on how you can adopt a family, make a monetary donation or sign up as a participant in the Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program, call BFA at 754-4766 or stop by the office at 4600-8 Main Street, Twin Creek Plaza, Shallotte, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Brunswick Family Assistance is a Cape Fear Area United Way Agency. The agency also depends on the support of the community through volunteers and donations.
Rachel Johnsonis a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.