NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The first day of the Last Minute Toy Store opened Wednesday morning for struggling families to get a chance to find a perfect gift for their little ones.
Doors opened at 6:30 a.m. at the Sixty-First United Methodist Church in Nashville, and some have been lined up at the store since Tuesday—the first person got in line Monday night.
Tickets were given out to approximately 400 parents in line that allows them to come back later in the day to pick out toys for their children. The store will be open every day until Saturday, and the church hopes to provide toys for some 5,000 children.
Parents do not need to register, but must bring:
Picture ID for parent or guardian
Proof of Davidson County residence
Parent's or guardian's Social Security card or something official with social security number on it
Social Security cards of children (or something official with SS #)
ID for children showing their names and ages
Proof of Income: (please bring all that apply on official letterhead: pay stub; government assistance letter; separation from work notice; child support letter; other proof of need)
The Last Minute Toy Store is for low-income families who did not pre-register with those other providers earlier in the fall.
The church has hosted the Last Minute Toy Store for the past 18 years, distributing free toys and other gifts to thousands of low-income children and youth who live in Davidson County. The church works in cooperation with "Toys for Tots" and other toy providers.
In 2011, the Last Minute Toy Store served 4,674 children and youth from more than 1,400 families, and distributed more than 20,000 toys/gifts to go along with books, oranges, and candy canes given to each child.