By Rose L. Thayer

Fort Hood Herald

The application for Santa's Workshop is now available online.

Santa's Workshop is a nonprofit organization that provides Christmas gifts to military families in need. Selected families will be invited to Santa's Workshop and parents can select a family game, a book and a toy to wrap up and give to their kids on Christmas Day.

Carolyn Crissman, organization president, said the volunteer board is expecting about 2,500 applications this year. They can only accept 1,600.

"The more information they can put about their financial situation on the application, the better informed decision we can make," Crissman said.

Both soldiers and spouses can apply for assistance, but it must be done through their command financial specialist between Oct. 17 and 21.

Crissman said spouses of deployed soldiers can apply and can seek help from their family readiness group leader or their family readiness support assistant.

She also suggested to get applications in as early as possible.

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Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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