Last Minute Toy Store in need of donations, volunteers

More than 1600 families signed up for help
Posted at 8:49 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 23:29:07-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Last Minute Toy Store is asking for help so thousands of local kids in need can have a Merry Christmas.

This year, the non-profit organization, which provides gifts for families in need who aren't receiving help from other groups, is seeing high demand, and not as many donations or volunteers.

Click here to donate or to get more information about the Last Minute Toy Store.

"We’re definitely needing our Nashville community to help us here at the Last Minute Toy Store," said Dale Robble, President of the Last Minute Toy Store. "There are a lot of ways we can give, and a lot of ways we can help people in the community, and it's needed this year."

Donations are starting to fill the shelves at the Davidson County Sheriff's Office Service Center, but Robble said there currently aren't enough items to help everyone in need.

When online registration opened, more than 1600 families signed up in 48 hours. There is also a waitlist with hundreds of names. The organization provides new, unwrapped gifts to kids ages 0 to 18.

25 soldiers from the 101st Airbone Division, Second Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell served as elves this week and started unloading and sorting all the books, toys and games.

Robble said more volunteers are needed. The number of people helping at one time will be reduced to allow for social distancing, and masks will be required. All participating families will pick up toys in a touchless drive-thru in the parking lot.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be made in person, through the organization's Amazon Wish List, or through Venmo. People can drop off items at the Davidson County Sheriff's Office Service Center on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Donations will also be accepted next weekend through Dec. 15.

The Last Minute Toy Store will be open Dec. 17, 18, 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.