Organizations still accepting Santa Fund applications

NASHUA – The Salvation Army and SHARE Outreach are still accepting applications for people requesting help with Christmas gifts through the Santa Fund.

The Santa Fund is a long-running program sponsored by The Telegraph and United Way, which partner with local community organizations to distribute gifts to families who might not be able to afford a Christmas otherwise.

Registration through the Front Door Agency has closed.

The Salvation Army is hosting drop in registration every Tuesday and Thursday through the month of Nov. from 9-11 and 1-3. Spanish translators will be available on Wednesdays from 9-11. They will be closed Thanksgiving.

Registrants should bring a photo ID, proof of Greater Nashua residency, proof of children living in the home, proof of income and proof of expenses – such as rent and utility bills.

Parents should also have a wishlist of three or four toys and the child’s shoe, pant, coat and shirt sizes on hand.

Rosemarie Dykeman, Salvation Army executive director, suggested people get there on the earlier side of the time slots.

“We try really hard,” she said. “We welcome them … it’s a nice opportunity to assist people at Christmas, but also to tell them about some of our other programs.”

The Salvation Army usually helps between 1,500 and 1,800 children every Christmas season, Dykeman said, and they are already seeing a great need within the community.

SHARE Outreach is the smallest of the three organizations that have partnered with the Santa Fund, but they still help hundreds of families celebrate Christmas every year, Christine Janson, SHARE executive director said.

The agency has no specific sign up times, but gifts are distributed Dec. 12 and 13, so Janson recommended that people register by Dec. 1.

“We try to be flexible,” she said. “We try not to turn anyone away.”

“From a community standpoint, I think it’s a way to give back to the community and something that families can do together,” Janson said. “And for the clients, I think it’s an equalizer and a way for kids who don’t normally get to experience Christmas to be like other kids.”

To register, SHARE can be reached via phone at 673-9898, by email at info@ or on Facebook at Share Outreach Inc.

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