The Salvation Army Continues Registration for 2013 Christmas Cheer
Major Thomas Louden is pleased to announce The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties is continuing to accept applications for this holiday season. Registration dates for its annual Christmas Cheer program will continue throughout November.
The first three days this year brought over 1,200 people to register for help. Day one, people began lining up as early as five a.m. to wait in line. By the time doors opened the line stretched around the building, and by the end of the first day, 607 people had been served. 40% of those that have requested help this Christmas have never asked for help before.
In 2012, The Salvation Army served more than 2,700 families and 8,000 children through Christmas Cheer and 21,000 individuals through its total Christmas programs. Due to the continued economic situation in Southwest Florida, The Salvation Army does not expect to see a decrease in the number of applicant for help this year.
Registration dates and times at the Fort Myers location are Thursday, November 7 -9 a.m. to Noon and 5p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, November 8 – 9 a.m. to Noon; Saturday, November 9 – 9 a.m. to Noon; and Monday, November 18 – 9 a.m.to Noon at The Salvation Army, 10291 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers (239) 278-1551.
Adults will need a photo ID AND proof of residency in Lee County (such as lease agreement or utility bill) in order to register. People registering their children will need to bring proof of birth date for each child (toys are provided for children 12 and under). All applicants will need to provide proof of income and benefits. Applications cannot be accepted without this information. Parents are discouraged from bringing their children to registration.
Christmas Cheer is a community wide effort and is The Salvation Army’s largest outreach event each year. The Christmas Cheer program is funded by donations raised during The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign which begins in mid-November. For registration information, or to volunteer to assist with applications or holiday bell ringing, contact The Salvation Army’s offices at (239) 278-1551.
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.