Wesley House a Lifeline for Many

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"We really want people to come on in because this is the last opportunity," said Ginger Stevens, associate director of Wesley House. "Please come on in and let us help you with Christmas this year."

On an average, the Wesley House assists 5,000 people during the Christmas season. This year it expects even more, but time is running out to apply for assistance.

Applications will be accepted all this week from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with Friday being the last day.

Applicants must provide proof of income, a picture ID and each child's social security card.

Stevens says assistance is not based on the amount of income alone. She says expenditures are also factored into the equation.

"We balance those two, what's coming in, what's going out," said Stevens, "and look at the number of people in the family and then help appropriately."

The Wesley House also helps to distribute coats and toys for children during the Christmas season.

"You've got the Coats for Kids campaign that we cannot do without, but the Toython, we count on it. There's nothing like a shiny new toy to put the sparkle back into the eyes of a child. We encourage giving. The spirit of Christmas is through giving, that's what it's all about," Stevens said.

Money, items for teenagers, toiletries, food items and volunteers are needed.

"Any way you want to help us, help this community, please do it," said Stevens.

For more information about how you may help or how to apply for assistance, call the Christmas Clearinghouse at (601) 485-4736.