LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Every year, the Salvation Army Christmas Cheer program provides families in Southwest Florida with Christmas dinners and toys for children. Registration for this year's program in Lee County wrapped up just before noon.
Representatives with the Salvation Army said before today, 2,090 people had been approved to receive help. Today, the last day, between 450 and 500 people stood in line with their applications in hand. Registration opened back in October and on the first day, 566 people registered for the program. Two hundred twelve of those were accessing the Christmas Cheer program for the first time.
All applications for the year have been processed and the organization is expecting similar numbers to 2011, which saw more than 4,300 families and 10,000 children receive help from the program.
The Christmas Cheer program is foremost a toy distribution program. Once all applications are processed, the Salvation Army hands out appointment times to those seeking help.
Then, families have a designated time and day to come and "shop" for their toys at the toy distribution center.