Christmas Cheer

The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, and Glades sponsors Christmas Cheer program - a Toy Distribution program.

People needing assistance with toys for their children (up to age 12), apply beginning in October. Click here for the registration dates. At the end of the registration process, those needing assistance are given an appointment to come and “shop” for their toys at our Toy Distribution Center, or Christmas Cheer Toyland.

Where is Toyland?

Kayla Claire  Jillian toy donationThis year, Toyland is located at 3048 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers. Click here to link to Mapquest.  Click here to download a PDF map.

The Salvation Army partners with the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive, the USPS Toy Drop and many other local toy drives throughout Lee County, to make sure all children receive toys.

About two weeks before distribution begins, the bulk of the toys arrive at Toyland. For this night, we need volunteers to help sort the toys, but volunteers are needed throughout the Christmas Cheer program as well.

With less than two weeks before our first Toy Distribution day, there is still a long list of things to do: cleaning and sorting processing of applications and entering them  into a computer to track appointment times of those who will receive toys. This information is very important to help us know how many people we’ve helped and exactly how many gifts have been given. It’s meticulous, and it produces very accurate statistics.

Parents shop for each child, and gifts are bagged and taken to the family car. In addition to toys, each family is given a bag of food containing many items to make a Christmas dinner and other meals as well. Last year, families were also given a turkey or chicken with their food bags. 

At The Salvation Army, we treat our clients as individuals - not as numbers. We don’t just bag up toys and give the families a grab bag. We allow those seeking help the dignity to choose toys they want for their children.

None of this would be possible without the support of individuals, groups and organizations who generously donate their time and resources to make the Christmas Cheer effort successful.

You Can Help

Join in the fun - volunteer for Christmas Cheer! Click here for information on how you can bring smiles to faces of parents and children.

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