Hancock Resource Center coordinates holiday assistance for children in need in Hancock County. The following programs are available to residents, if eligible:
The Salvation Army’s 2019 Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program opens in October and the organization is inviting those who are struggling financially to register. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program aims to give children between the ages of 0-12 years who are in need a Christmas they may not have otherwise.
Registration for the 2019 Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Ministry Program will take place from October 14-17 and October 21-22 during the hours of 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. at Hancock Resource Center offices, located at 454 Highway 90, Suite B. in Waveland (next to PRCC).
Families with children from live birth to 12 years of age (at the time of registration) are eligible for the Christmas gift program. A parent or legal guardian must apply for their own children and the person applying must bring a valid photo identification card and proof of Hancock County residency. State-issued, certified birth certificates for all children are required at time of registration. Copies will not be accepted. Applicant must bring documented proof of income and expenses to complete the application. For families of children who are 13 and older, see below for more details.
Proof means you must bring all needed items at the time of application.
Families who received assistance through the 2018 program must attend one of HRC’s education classes before their Angels go out for adoption; applicants will receive the class schedule and be able to choose a class and time that is most appropriate to their needs. To view the class schedule in advance, please visit HRC’s calendar at www.hancockhrc.org/calendar or call the office to inquire.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree program in Hancock County is made possible through the coordination provided by Hancock Resource Center and Hope Haven Children’s Services and by the generous donations of time and treasure by the many volunteers who work tirelessly to bring a bright holiday season to our county’s children. If you are interested in volunteering for registration of families, distribution of gifts, or adopting an angel, please contact Victoria Mathias at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 228-463-8887.
Income: Employment WIN Job Center registration TANF Award Letter Utility Allowance SNAP Award Letter Disability Award Letter Social Security Award Letter Pension Insurance Child Support or DHS Statement of Non-Support SSI Award Letter School Grant/Loans Other Income Section 8 Paperwork *NOTARIZED statement of ANY income help from anyone else
Expenses (current) Rent Utilities Credit Cards Gas Receipts Water/Sewage Grocery Receipts Car Notes Medical Bills Cable - Basic Service Phone (land or cell - 1) - Basic Rental Furniture Loans *NOTARIZED statement if you live with family/friends
If you receive assistance from any other agency or register with them you will not be eligible through The Salvation Army.
The Marine Corps Toys for Tots registration begins on October 28th. Please call 228-463-8887 for more information. The Toys for Tots program is for children age live birth to 14 years of age who have not registered for The Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Teen Angels is a holiday assistance program created by Hancock Resource Center in collaboration with Hope Haven. This program serves Teens who are NOT served in any other holiday assistance program, ages 15-18. If your child fits into this age range, you can register your child during any of our other Holiday Assistance registration times.
Santa's Families is a program started by Hancock Resource Center to serve those who have recently been moved into housing, and are currently receiving case management services by HRC Counselors. Those enrolled in Santa's Families are not enrolled in any other holiday giving program and the needs are verified through case management by HRC.