Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center Opens Saturday
With less than five days left before The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties will begin distributing toys and food to families in need, the agency is making a plea for toy donations. While The Salvation Army does receive thousands of gifts through a partnership with Toys for Tots, thousands more are needed to help families looking for holiday help this year. The Salvation Army is estimating it may need 7,000 additional toys to provide children with gifts to open Christmas morning.
People who want to help can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Salvation Army location or at the following Lee County Toys for Tots collection sites: Bealls/Bealls Outlet stores, Chick-fil-A restaurants, and Walgreens pharmacies.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Saturday at 8:45 am at The Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer warehouse located at 3048 Metro Parkway. Distribution to families in need begins Saturday December 14th and continues December 16, 17, 19 and 20 from 9 am to 3 pm daily. Families served during distribution are part of The Army’s Christmas Cheer program and only those families that have previously registered receive items.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 8:45 am, will last about 15 minutes and will include appearances by our following special guests, Toys for Tots representatives in Marine dress blue uniforms and Allen Park Elementary School, who raised $1,204.69 in their red kettle drive. The first 1,204 toys distributed on Saturday will be given in honor of the students at Allen Park.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- You can help by dropping off a new and unwrapped toy at the local Salvation Army Social Services Campus at 2400 Edison Avenue in Fort Myers. Donations can be dropped off at this location seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
- Drop some money in the red kettles you see around town….every drop counts!
- Volunteer to ring the bell for The Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign…call 278-1551 for information.
About The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Over ninety cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyleecounty.