Marshall County Christmas Coalition Tightens Requirements

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MARSHALL COUNTY,  Ala. (WHNT)-- Christmas is still almost four months away, but the holiday season is already on the minds of those at the Marshall County Christmas Coalition.

This week the organization is signing people up who need help this year providing Christmas for their kids.   But this year the requirements are different.

"We are telling folks even if you qualify, even if you meet the income requirements please do not be absolutely dependant on us because we are only going to be able to help the folks we have money to help," said coalition board member Sherry Manley.

She says in the past the organization has gone thousands of dollars in debt trying to meet the demand for Christmas help.   She says the board decided that was not a proper way to operate.

This year parents will have to provide more hard proof of their income level by bringing in a copy of their 2012 tax return, a W2 or a bank statement.

"We are trying to be good stewards of the money that folks share with us to help other people and make good decisions," Manley said.  "And at the same time we want to help the people who need it most."

Signups are taking place each day through Thursday at the rec centers in Arab, Boaz and Guntersville.   In Albertville the signup is taking place at First Methodist Church.

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