When the weather turns cold in Corry, many people simply reach into the back of their closet and pull out a toasty winter coat.
The gloves and winter hat are still in the pockets, right where they were stored when winter ended, ready to keep their owners warm for another season of ice, snow and blustery winds.
Those people are the lucky ones.
Some families don’t have the money to buy the winter clothing they need to keep their children warm.
The Salvation Army wants to help.
Project Bundle Up, a joint effort between the Salvation Army and WTAE-TV of Pittsburgh, is providing $4,000 to the Corry Salvation Army to purchase winter outerwear for qualifying children ages 18 and younger and senior citizens ages 62 and older.
“I never realized how much families in this area need the help,” said Jolene Myers, the Corry Salvation Army’s Bundle Up coordinator.
Myers was hired Oct. 1 to oversee the local Bundle Up program and the Salvation Army’s Treasures for Children holiday program. She worked as a volunteer for Bundle Up in 2008, when 60 families were provided with vouchers to buy winter outerwear at Walmart.
“With people being laid off and jobs disappearing in the area, we need this program to help them,” Myers said.
Here’s how the program works:
Parents must register their children at the Corry Salvation Army, 127 W. Washington St. Senior citizens also must register there.
“This is on a first-come, first-served basis,” Myers said.
Parents must bring the Social Security cards and birth certificates for each of their children and a personal ID for themselves.
They also must provide proof of income for the entire household (pay stubs, unemployment compensation records, child-support receipts, etc.) and proof of household expenses (utility bills, rent/house payments, etc.).
Senior citizens also are required to provide the above information.
Applicants must meet federal low-income guidelines.
People may register weekdays at the Salvation Army beginning Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center will be closed Oct. 12 for Columbus Day, and the registration period ends Oct. 16.
The Corry Salvation Army has been given $4,000 to spend on Bundle Up, so applications will be shut off when that amount is reached.
“I encourage everyone to apply as soon as possible,” Myers said. “The funding only goes so far.”
Families that qualify for Bundle Up after the $4,000 threshold has been reached will be placed on the waiting list for 2010, Myers said.
Applicants who are approved are asked to arrive at Walmart Oct. 27 between 6 and 8 p.m. They will be given vouchers good for the purchase of winter outerwear, such as coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, boots and hats.
Each qualifying child up to age 12 will get a $40 voucher. Children 13 through 18 and senior citizens 62 and older will receive $50 vouchers.
“If the purchase runs over, they must pay the difference,” Myers said.
Families that received Bundle Up help last year are not eligible this year.
“They can only apply every other year so we can space out the help,” Myers said.
People that receive the much-needed winter clothing are always appreciative, Myers said.
“When you see the kids get their clothes, they are very happy,” she said.
For more information, call the Salvation Army at 664-7100.