Ft. Myers church gives away thousands of free Christmas meals

CREATED Dec. 21, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 21, 2013

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Southwest Florida church is spreading Christmas cheer and helping those in need get ready for the holiday.

First Assembly Cornerstone Church gave away Christmas dinners and toys to more than 2,200 families.

The families waited in line for hours to collect a giant brown bag full of holiday favorites like turkey and desserts. Children 12 years and younger also received a donated gift.

This is the tenth year First Assembly Cornerstone participated.

"We see a lot of people in this community that are really struggling to make ends meet and just get the things done every day, so the Lord has blessed us, not just us, with the partnerships with different groups, we are able to give back and put smiles on people's faces," Pastor Gregory Ford said.

All the food and toys were donated by the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Salvation Army and Wal-Mart.