Published: Feb 26, 2011 12:21 AM EST
Updated: Feb 25, 2011 9:21 PM EST

LEE COUNTY- The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties is in desperate need of donations.

This comes as officials open a third family store to help meet the growing need in the community.

The new Family Store in Fort Myers at the corner of US 41 and Boy Scout Drive.

Officials say they're seeing more people shopping for deals, but less donations coming in.

Now they are making the effort to get more donations, knowing it will help many in the community.

"With the unemployment situation and people finding it more and more difficult to find jobs, they have to find ways to save money. Coming to the Family Store is one way to do that," said Merrilu Bennett, Media Relations Specialist with the Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties.

Bennett says the Family Store is two fold: it helps families in need by selling low cost items.

Then all the money raised from the store helps fund Crossroads, a program for men battling addiction.

This is why she says it's crucial they have more items to stock the shelves.

The agency accepts all gently used clothing, furniture, cars, even boats.

"You're not only donating something that you can get a tax write off. You are donating something that can change someone's life. And that is something that money can never buy," Bennett said.

The Salvation Army truck will come pick donations up at your home if you call 1-800-SA-TRUCK or (239) 278-1551.

The grand opening of the new Family Store is Saturday at 9-am.