PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Christmas is just about a week away.

In the spirit of the season, Pasco County is continuing a longstanding tradition of helping families that need it the most.

People lined up early today for the annual holiday food give away at Faith Baptist Church. The church is on Ridge Road in Port Richey and the event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

It’s become a tradition for this to be held on Christmas week, where families can get some help and even a visit from Santa.

It’s hosted each year by the Pasco Tax Collector, Mike Fasano.

His office raises money for this all year.

This year they’ve spent about $25,000 in ham and potatoes. There’s also some other food from farm share to give away.

They expect about 700 to 800 families to come through and get some help, a number that’s gone up in recent years.

 “I don’t want anyone to be shy or embarrassed,” Fasano said. “We welcome everyone. We don’t care what kind of economic conditions you might be in right now. We welcome everyone to come out and get some food and enjoy the holidays.”