Published: Oct 24, 2012 12:20 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 24, 2012 12:56 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Salvation Army in Lee County is taking applications from folks needing help this holiday season. The annual Christmas Cheer program always draws big crowds and long lines. The location on McGregor has found this year is no exception.
 
The line was long and the weather was gloomy, but for these families, Christmas Cheer is the light at the end of the tunnel.

"We help just pull each other through the line, just kind of chitchat because the line does get long," said applicant Carceola White. "This is your way of making sure your small kids have something without doing something illegal without doing something irresponsible to get the things that you need."

The Salvation Army says anyone with financial need can apply and no one will be turned away, no matter how large the applicant pool gets.

"We believe that people will give toys food and come along side us to meet whatever need is out there," said Sarah Clarke of the Salvation Army.

Some of the applicants waited for hours, even camping out the night before, and see this program as the best shot for a happy holiday.

"My newborn, she's two weeks. I'm just happy I can give her her first Christmas this year and that the Salvation Army can help," said applicant Melissa Fowler.