FREEPORT (WIFR) -- For many families living in the Stateline, they are having a hard time just making ends meet.
With the holidays around the corner, one local organization wants to make sure they have a reason to celebrate.
The Salvation Army in Freeport opened today with a line of nearly forty people waiting to sign up for Christmas baskets.
The basket will provide each family with a full dinner and toys for the kids. Last year, the Salvation Army helped more than 700 families and they believe the demand will increase this year because nearly 200 new families have started coming to the pantry for help.
“It will depend on how good the community is to us this year and of course everybody knows unemployment in Freeport is high so we’re just praying for the best,” said Nickee Bender with the Freeport Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army will be taking signups for Christmas Baskets on October 21, 23, 28, & 30 from 9 am-11:30 am and 1 pm-3:30 pm located at 106 W. Exchange Street in downtown Freeport. You must have Proof of Income, Proof of Address, Proof of family size, and anyone that does not speak English should bring an interpreter. There is someone on premise that does sign language and has knowledge of Spanish, if needed. If you have any questions call (815) 235-7639 and ask for Nickee.