Salvation Army needs Christmas facility

Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 18:43:12-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- As the holiday season nears, the Salvation Army in Lee County is working to being Christmas to hundreds of local families who need a little help this year. But it turns out, the Salvation Army needs some help too.

The Salvation Army is currently registering families for help with gifts and food, the line of people registering hoping to leave with a little Christmas miracle. The families will receive some toys, basic needs like clothing or shoes and a Christmas dinner.

"We try to make sure that the whole Christmas experience is provided for them so they can have joy during Christmas" says Major Cheryl Gilliam, a Salvation Army volunteer.

But providing help for the community does come at a price, and they're in need of a warehouse to be able to do the distribution. As of right now, they are finding it difficult to find a building.

The Salvation Army needs a warehouse around 25,000 to 30,000 square feet, and they are hoping someone can donate their space.

They'd like a secure space in a centralized location, preferably on a bus route so it's easily accessible by all community members and it needs to have plenty of parking.

If you would like to register your family with the Salvation Army, information below show time and place to do so.

The Salvation Army: 10291 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919
Monday, October 17:                 9am-Noon & 5pm-8pm
Tuesday, October 18:                 9am-Noon
Wednesday, October 19:         9am-Noon

The Salvation Army: 2400 Edison Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33936
Thursday, October 20 –Saturday, October 22: 9am-Noon

Applications will only be accepted on the dates listed above with all the following information:
Adults:         Photo ID and proof of Lee County residence (eg: utility bill)
Children:        Proof of birth date and clothing and shoe sizes*
Proof of:         Income and benefits
*(Gifts are provided for children 12 years old and younger only)

For more information, please call The Salvation Army at (239) 278-1551 or (239) 334-3745.