WINSTON-SALEM — Christmas will be here soon, and that means an estimated 24,000 people just in Winston-Salem will be in need during the holiday season.
"[There will be need] due to unemployment and the fact that folks on unemployment are receiving less number of weeks for their unemployment benefits," Maj. James Allison of the Salvation Army said.
On Monday morning, hundreds of people lined up outside the Salvation Army Christmas Warehouse in Winston-Salem to apply for Christmas assistance.
Johnny Johnson has come to the Salvation Army for assistance for the past five years to help give his two children a memorable Christmas.
"You do the best you can to give them what they need and some of what they want," Johnson said.
The Salvation Army works to ensure that every child receives at least two toys for Christmas, and the family receives a box of food.
"My daughter would like to have a big princess doll and my son likes racecars," Johnson said.
The Salvation Army will be taking applications throughout the week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at their Christmas Warehouse at 680 Peters Creek Parkway.
In order to be approved, an applicant must bring photo I.D., child custody verification and proof of income and expenses.
Thousands are expected to apply, and that means the Salvation Army needs more volunteers to help take in applications.
"Great opportunity for families to reach out and support those who need us most this Christmas season," Allison said.
Organizers said people can donate their time to be a red kettle bell ringer to collect money for the many programs the Salvation Army sponsors. The Red Kettle season will run from November 8 through December 24.