The Salvation Army has begun its annual Red Kettle Campaign and the Angel Tree Adoption Program.
The familiar bell ringers will be at shopping locations until Christmas, accepting money that will be used to help needy families.
"You don't want any child to be without Christmas presents or Christmas dinner, and a lot of families in the community are just barely making it day by day," said Maj. Susan McClure, commander of the Salvation Army. "And extra expenses on Christmas, you know, it would be good for the community to help them."
Children who are part of the Angel Tree at Bonita Lakes Mall are among the most needy in the area.
Patrons may choose a child and then buy the things he or she needs and wants, which are listed on individual tags, and bring the gifts to the Salvation Army by Dec. 17.
The Salvation Army will get the gifts to families in time for Christmas.