MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Thousands of Mid-South children might not have a merry Christmas this year. The U-S Marine Corps Reserve "Toys For Tots" program no longer has a place to store and bag toys.
The warehouse they used for several years in Hickory Hill was recently sold, and they haven't been able to find another location.
Carrol Howard has been running Toys for Tots for more than 30 years. She doesn't get paid. She simply has a passion for children and helping people. That's why she's reaching out to anyone and everyone for help.
"We're just at a loss. We just don't know what to do,” says Howard.
The retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant is desperate. She needs a home for toys for Tots. The donated warehouse space in Hickory Hill was sold in the spring. Howard has been searching for a new spot ever since.
"If I don't find a warehouse, I don't know how we're gonna help these families,” says Howard.
Toys for Tots serves 22 counties in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Howard expects about 15,000 families will sign up. The application process began October first.
"We had over 600 families had already applied. That was just that one day,” says Howard.
Howard refuses to give up her search but admits, time is running out.
"I turned away three tractor-trailer loads of toys that were being donated, but we don't have the space to put ‘em and I can't take them,” says Howard.
Howard has reached out to dozens of business owners and called about properties for lease, but she hasn't had any luck.
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