Salvation Army program registration changing this holiday season

New rules requires setting up a meeting before registering

The process to sign up for the Salvation Army’s Christmas programs is changing this year.

Starting this Monday, families wanting to take part in the Salvation Army’s programs this holiday season will first need to make an appointment with the organization to register.

Officials say the change will help reduce the rush of clients and waiting times at the beginning of the signup period.

“It’s just less inconvenient for the client. They don’t have to wait in the lines. We never know what the weather’s going to be like at this time of the year, you know, it could be raining like it is today or it could be snowing for all we know,” said Salvation Army of La Crosse Program Director Vicky Caya.

Registration for the Angel Giving Tree, Christmas Food Basket and La Crosse Jaycees Toys for Tots programs will be affected by the change this year.

Families that want to sign up for the programs can start calling The Salvation Army on Monday to make an appointment.