The Angel Tree Controversy Continues

Major Tim Grider
Major Tim Grider

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - The Salvation Army Angel Tree is the subject of controversy. News channel 10's Kristen Guilfoos found out why the Salvation Army defends it's decision to check for social security cards.

The Salvation Army requires a social security card, or some sort of Homeland Security approved ID, before a child can be signed up for the angel tree.

Many across the country are protesting, saying the policy discriminates against immigrants, but the Amarillo/Canyon Salvation Army chapter says they are not intentionally discriminating against anyone, and it's been standard protocol ever since 9-11.

Major Tim Grider says, "There is a procedure. So those who want help, make them go and apply. Make it official. Let's keep our integrity and character above reproach and lets do it the right way."

In order to sign your child up for the angel tree, you will need to provide a photo ID for yourself, and a social security card for your child.

You will also be required to provide some sort of income statement to prove you are in need.

Major Grider says on average, they have to turn away one person a week because they do not meet citizenship standards.