Holiday Helpline open through Dec. 7

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By The Staff

The Holiday Helpline will be open again this year to coordinate local charitable giving during the Christmas season.

Organizers of the helpline say the idea is to make sure that no one is overlooked, while at the same time preventing duplication.

The Holiday Helpline will be open for calls from 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 7. All calls need to be made during that time.

The telephone number to call is 469-1369.

Organizers said they want to emphasize that the helpline is for families who would not otherwise have Christmas.

The helpline is a joint effort by agencies in the community to coordinate holiday giving in order that those in need receive help and all needs are met.

A caller will need to have the following information:

- Correct spellings of the first and last names of every member of the family as well as ages of all children. Family members will be verified.

- Complete addresses, including building and apartment numbers.

- Social Security numbers for all.

- Sources of family income.

- Special needs, if any.

Information is taken by volunteers and then compiled into a database. This database is used as a source for area churches, clubs and organizations that want to provide assistance to families during the holidays.

All information is kept confidential.

If you or your group would like to provide assistance during the holidays, you will also need to call the helpline.

If you have already selected your families, you'll need to let organizers know so that those involved will know that the family has already been assisted.

The helpline is not involved in the collection or distribution of gifts, only in the coordination of assistance. Any donations should be given to various agencies in the community, many of which are in need of donations all year long.