Hundreds of people lined up for the Salvation Army's Christmas hampers on Monday, and officials say demand is higher again this year.

Jerry Wright was in the line. He says he hasn't been able to find steady work in over two years and this will help make Christmas a little merrier.

"To find work it's a struggle right now, being with my back problems and stuff and the Salvation Army helps me out a lot every year...It's a big thing because without this then a lot of people wouldn't have Christmas or have the means to get anything for Christmas."

And every year the need for help seems to be rising, says the Salvation Army's Perron Goodyear.

"We're anticipating this year the need to be about 6,000 households in London, now from my start of the campaign, my first year 12 years ago, that's almost double what the need was."

Donations are still being accepted and there is especially a need for toys for boys and girls ages eight to 12.

"We encourage folks to get things like soccer balls, basketballs, hockey sticks, you know those types of sporting equipment, curling irons, hair dryers, Lego," Goodyear says.

Toys can be dropped off at the Canada Building at the Western Fair or at any Salvation Army drop-off bin in the city. Friday is the deadline.

Distribution of the hampers also continues until Friday.