This post is for my readers in Monroe County, Mich., and is on the front page of today’s edition of The Monroe Evening News:

“Spirit of Christmas” Adopt-A-Family applications will be available beginning Monday Oct. 25, through Nov. 19.

Sponsored by the Salvation Army of Monroe County, the annual Christmas assistance program is for those in need of food, clothing and toys.

Applications can be picked up from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Salvation Army Church, 1018 E. Second St., Monroe, Mich. The contact number is (734) 457-0086.

Applications also will be available at the Salvation Army Bedford Center, 7200 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. Hours are from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The contact number is (734) 224-7991.

Requirements for those applying include a picture ID for all adults, medical cards or birth certificates for all children, combined household income or Michigan Bridge Card and the last four digits of Social Security card for all adults and children in the residence.

Now … a word from your blogger:

Spirit of Christmas is the umbrella campaign for the vast majority of the Christmas charity assistance that is distributed in Monroe County.

If you live in Monroe County, Mich., and expect to need help affording a Christmas dinner or gifts for your family, then you want to follow up as soon as possible with the requested documentation and application process. Don’t wait until the last minute to look for your paperwork. You might need to arrange for a replacement copy of a birth certificate or some other paperwork.

The reason the deadlines for this, and similar programs seem to come up so early in the season is that the committees need time to find sponsors and get the wishes filled.

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