Project Christmas Cheer seeing increased holiday need this year

Families in need are getting a helping hand to make sure there are presents under the tree and food for a holiday meal.

Project Christmas Cheer in Carteret County is accepting applications from families who are struggling during this time of the year.

So far, nearly 400 families have requested assistance and organizers of the non-profit group say many of them are first time applicants who have found themselves in need due to Hurricane Florence.

The organization makes sure children get the items on their wish lists and parents are able to buy Christmas dinner with a donated gift card.

Vicki Daniels with Project Christmas Cheer said, "This year we've heard a lot of the stories from families that are hear for the first time because of the storm. They've lost their homes, they've lost their jobs and we are trying to help everyone that walks through the door."

Carteret County isn't the only Project Christmas Cheer that's seeing families looking for help in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Onslow County leaders say they expect to help 5-thousand people, which is significantly higher than in years past.