Registration down as parents wary of new Salvation Army info requirements

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 7:39 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Concern tonight that needy children won’t get Christmas gifts because an application asks for more personal information than many parents are willing to give.

The Salvation Army is joining with the Marines to collect and distribute toys.

To make sure only families in need get toys and that no one gets more than their fair share, applications ask for the child’s and parents’ Social Security numbers and income information.

An agency distributing some of those toys says it’s causing many families not to sign up.

 “Last year our numbers, I believe were about 4500 children that we submitted toys to,” said Zerlene Cole with Helping Incarcerated Parents with Children. “This year we have less than 400 families submitting applications.”

A spokesperson for the Salvation Army said the information helps determine what assistance the family is eligible to receive and it protects applicants’ personal information.

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