The Salvation Army of Aiken is hoping to help many residents in need have full bellies during the holidays.

The nonprofit’s goal is to provide for 521 families in the area, which includes more than 1,200 children who are in the Christmas Assistance Program.

Supplies are low and the Salvation Army is asking for the community to make a food donation. No matter the size of the donation, every little bit will help.

“While our food supply is very low at this point we know that the community will rally and make it possible for us to provide these families food for Christmas,” said Salvation Army’s Captain Angela Repass.

The local Salvation Army chapter is asking for canned meats such as tuna and chicken, canned fruits, dessert mixes, Jiffy Mix and stuffing. The nonprofit also needs pasta and rice.

Repass said if they have any left over items, they will use them in the Salvation Army’s Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen throughout the year.

Repass added that they will take monetary donations, too.

Over the years, the need for the assistance program has grown, Repass said. She noticed the number of families that applied for the assistance program this year was about the same as in 2011 but there are more children. She’s also seen an increase in senior citizens asking for help this year, too.

Donations can be made at three locations: 322 Gayle Ave. Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 103 Silver Bluff Road Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 604 Park Ave. any day at any time, but specify that the donation is for Christmas.

The Salvation Army would like to have food donations in by Monday so they can start putting boxes together for delivery but Repass said they will certainly take donations after that day.