Published: Dec 05, 2012 12:20 PM EST
Updated: Dec 05, 2012 5:03 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Wednesday, volunteers for the Salvation Army began sorting and packing bags of food to distribute to families in need this holiday season.

It's all part of the Christmas Cheer program, which will serve more than 2,500 families across Southwest Florida.

By the end of the day, 5,000 bags will be ready to hand out to registered families.

Volunteers also have the task of sorting through 10,000 toys, which will also be handed out starting next weekend.

The Salvation Army always needs volunteers to help out.

To do so, contact the main office on McGregor Boulevard at (239) 278-1551.