CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids is gearing up to help the less fortunate this coming holiday season.

Registration for the Salvation Army's Toys for Tots and holiday food assistance programs begins Monday and runs through Friday. Registration opens again Nov. 12 for Christmas food assistance.

Applications will be available at The Salvation Army. No appointment is necessary.

All households that meet the income guidelines of 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible to apply for food assistance. Households with legal custody of children to age 14 also qualify for the toy distribution.

Toys For Tots is a national program directed by the U.S. Marine Corps that has been active in Cedar Rapids since 1949. Last year, organizers distributed gifts to 2,214 needy children throughout Linn County.