Published: Oct 23, 2012 12:40 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 12:57 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The holidays are right around the corner and the Nations Association Charities wants to bring some holiday cheer to the area's poorest people. The local charity kicked off its holiday food drive in Fort Myers Tuesday morning.

It was only a kick-off ceremony, but the non-profit is preparing to do big things for the less fortunate this holiday season. The Canterbury School Choir helped to ring in the season.

The event at the Books-A-Million store kicked off the holiday food drive. The food that is collected will eventually be put in gift baskets and given to the most needy citizens in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres.

On November 17th, they will hold a turkey and food basket give-away that runs up until the day before Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving community dinner on November 22nd was also highlighted Tuesday. It's the fourth year for that dinner that feeds about 250 people every year.