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Last Minute Toy Store In Need Of Donations

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A program that has provided toys for many children in low-income families is in need of donations.

For the past 19 years, the Last Minute Toy Store has distributed free toys to low-income children around the Nashville area. Volunteers said there is now a growing need for more toys. In the past, organization has gotten toys from the Marine Corps' Toys For Tots program and many other private donors.

Last year, the store provided gifts for more than 5,000 children.

Nita Haywood, a volunteer for The Last Minute Toy Store, said she knows what it's like to need a helping hand during the holidays. She said she hopes they can help as many this year.

"I did have experience growing up where winter was hard," said Haywood.

Haywood's mother died when she was 14 years old and her father worked in construction.

"If you work with seasonal work and in the winter there's not enough money," she said.

Haywood has volunteered with the organization since its beginning and said her goal is to make sure families and their children experience Christmas.

Bill Warmack was one of the many who brought donations to the organization this week.

"Our kids are fortunate to have Christmas gifts and everything, and I know there's a lot of people that are not as fortunate," said Warmack.

Toys for teenagers have been in demand this year. Haywood said she is worried there won't be enough this year.

"From past experience those are the ages that are kind of lost in the loop, because a lot of agencies don't serve teens," she said.

The Last Minute Toy Store announced it will open for three days beginning December 18. If you would like to make a donation, organizers said they are accepting new toys that are not wrapped.

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