For the first time, the Salvation Army and the Fayetteville Urban Ministry are working together to give away Christmas presents and meals to needy families.
According to Capt. Ethan Frizzell of the Salvation Army, donations have been down for local charities long before Sept. 11.
The agencies hope that working together will ensure everyone will get the help they need.
"The resources are so limited, especially in Cumberland County. It's good stewardship to make sure there isn't duplication," said Rusty Long of Fayetteville Urban Ministry.
The program, called Christmas Opportunities, is open to adults over 60, needy families with children and handicapped people.
More than 1,000 families have signed up since the the Salvation Army began taking applications on October 10.
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