MEDFORD, Ore. — The Salvation Army is making sure the assistance goes to families who actually need it.
They said they have tightened their rules this year to cut down on fraud. Families who sign up to receive Christmas assistance must have a total income that can’t exceed 130% of the poverty level.
The Salvation Army is also no longer allowing Oregon Trail cards to be used as ID, in order to avoid people using expired cards. Those families also need to provide identification for all family members and other important documents.
“Something that shows what their income is. Anything from a pay stub, an unemployment printout, a TANF award letter, that type of thing,” said Jackie Agee, with the Salvation Army.
Last year the Salvation Army helped 1,400 families in its Christmas assistance program. So far this year, 850 families have signed up.