By Chris Edwards
TYLER COUNTY – The countywide Christmas assistance program “Adopt an Angel” is up and running. The program, which is sponsored by the Tyler County Child Welfare Board, works with social service agencies, area schools and churches to help provide Christmas to children in the county who might not otherwise have gifts.
According to coordinator Kathy Harris, there are a few more opportunities available for parents or grandparents to sign up their children for the program.
In order to sign up, the service is eligible for children from birth through age 15, and certain criteria must be met. Applicants must be able to provide proof of household income (earned or unearned) within the past 30 days. Applicants must show paycheck stubs or a Social Security award letter. If the applicant’s income is zero, then proof must be provided of who is paying bills.
The documentation required: a driver license or photo identification card and Social Security cards for everyone in the household, including each child. Proof of Tyler County residency is also required.
The applications can be turned in at the Justice of the Peace office, located at 203 West Dogwood in Woodville on the following days, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Nov. 1; Nov. 8 and Nov. 15. Applications will also be received at the Juvenile Probation office, located at 100 West Bluff inside of the Tyler County Courthouse (room 106) on the following Mondays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Oct. 26; Oct. 30; Nov. 2; Nov. 6; Nov. 13; Nov. 16 and Nov. 20. Harris said applications will also be taken at Lakeside Apostolic Church in Town Bluff on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The last day to apply is Monday, Nov. 20.