Toys fill warehouse after Toys for Tots Finale

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 12/14 2013 09:44PM

Updated 12/14 2013 10:36PM

With Christmas less than two weeks away, volunteers for the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots campaigns are scrambling to get all the toys ready.

The warehouse is full of toys and workers have their hands tied trying to sort them all out.


Gifts this year range from dress shirts to Barbie dolls, to DVD players, and they’re arriving by the truckloads.

“Way more bikes than I’ve seen here and I’ve been here four years,” said Staff Sgt. Micheal McGee, a Marine Corps volunteer.  “There are a lot of toys. “


During the 46th annual Toys for Tots campaign, the marines exceeded their goal for donations, collecting around 3,500 toys and $5,500 in cash.

“It’s just amazing how many toys are here,” said McGee.  “It makes your heart swell.”


Dozens of volunteers are helping the Salvation Army get ready to distribute the donated toys to needy families.

“I like to help people out that don't have anything,” said Sophia Lawman, a Daisy from troop 638. “We were running low on volunteers, but today they just happened to come out of the woodworks,” said McGee.


The Toys for Tots Emergency Distribution is Thursday at 9 a.m., but organizers say you'll need to arrive much earlier than that if you plan to walk away with toys.


“We had rain, really cold rain, two years ago and there were people lined up 5 in the morning,” said Maj. Kari Booth, with the Salvation Army.


“It’s first come, first serve. The line gets long pretty quickly.  I suggest having something warm on,” said McGee.


You can still drop off toys or donate your time Monday at the warehouse. If you plan on coming to the Emergency distribution Thursday, you'll need your children's birth certificate or social security cards, proof of income, and a utility bill. The warehouse is located in the 8000 block of Jewella Ave.

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