Published: Nov 12, 2012 11:24 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Every year, The Salvation Army offers a traditional Thanksgiving meal to anyone in need, and this year is no different.  The Salvation Army is preparing to serve a Thanksgiving meal to 400-500 people next week, but needs YOUR help to make it happen!

In 2011, 549  Thanksgiving meals were served to hungry Lee County residents.  The Salvation Army knows that hundreds will come to its Edison Avenue campus for help this year, and is counting on support from the community to meet that need.

“We’re blessed that we can provide a special meal to the community during this season of giving thanks,” said Major Tom Louden, Area Commander for The Salvation Army.  “We are especially thankful for the many people who donate food and the volunteers who help serve this meal, offering an encouraging word of hope to our neighbors in need.”

Food items needed include:
Green Beans
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Pre-Baked Pies
Fresh Fruit
12 oz. Canned Drinks

Donations may be dropped off at:
The Salvation Army Red Shield Lodge
2400 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers
7 am - 8 pm, 7 days a week