Published: Dec 13, 2011 3:18 PM EST
Updated: Dec 13, 2011 5:34 PM EST

Fort Myers, Fla - The Salvation Army is making a desperate plea for help. The agency has already started distributing toys for its Christmas Cheer program, however they are running low.  While The Salvation Army does receive thousands of gifts from the Toys for Tots program, thousands more are needed to help families looking for holiday help this year. The Salvation Army is estimating it may need 9,000 toys to meet the demand.

Volunteers and employees are currently working to get The Salvation Army Christmas Cheer warehouse located at 3048 Metro Parkway ready for distribution to families in need. Distribution began Saturday December 10th and runs through December 16th.

Currently families are allowed two gifts per child, but if more toys aren't donated they may have to cut it back to one toy per child.

On average, the Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties is helping more than 600 families a day at its Christmas Cheer distribution center.

If you want to help you can donate money or toys.

The toys must be unwrapped and new. Toys for all ages are welcome. However, they really need toys for children ages 9-13. For more information look under our "Hotlinks" section and click on The Salvation Army link.