Local Toys For Tots Still In Need Of Warehouse Space

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - There may not be any Toys for Tots this Christmas if the program does not find a new storage facility soon. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" program lost the warehouse and asked for help weeks ago, but no one has come forward.

 

Carrol Howard, the Toys for Tots coordinator, said after our story aired, calls came pouring in, but nothing has worked out yet. Toys for Tots can't pay money to lease or rent space.

Howard says they're looking at a couple of places, but she just doesn't know if she and volunteers can pull off Toys for Tots this late in the year.

 

"As Marines you're taught to improvise,” says Howard. But Toys for Tots may be beyond that point.

 

Howard has been running the program for 30 years. She interviewed with Local 24 the first week of October. She said typically by now, the Toys for Tots warehouse would be filling up and volunteers would be ready to start bagging toys.

 

"That's a big disappointment,” says Toys for Tots recipient Marjorie Taylor.

 

Toys for Tots has turned away at least six tractor trailer loads of toys and batteries because they don't have a place to put them.

 

"I've sent emails. Made phone calls. Left messages and so far, I'm just waiting,” says Howard.

"It's a lot of space that's not being used and, I think, somebody need, somebody could step up,” says Taylor.

 

Toys for Tots serves 22 counties in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. So far, nearly 9,000 people have signed up. Howard expects about 15,000 families total. The deadline is November 15th. Learn more HERE.

 


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