Last Minute Toy Store opens to help families in need - WKRN News 2

Last Minute Toy Store opens to help families in need

Posted: Updated: Dec 21, 2013 12:56 PM CST

It's not too late for parents who need a little help putting presents under the tree for their children this year.

The Last Minute Toy Store is in its 20th year providing free gifts to low income Davidson County families.  

On Friday morning the toy store had only given out just over 100 of 425 tickets to families.

"I don't know. It could be because the economy is getting a little better, but I do know there are still a lot of Davidson County families who are struggling and need help at Christmas time. We want people who are in need to come on," an official said.

Upon opening on Thursday, a long line began forming outside the Sixty-First Avenue United Methodist Church on Monday. Parents were anxious to get a chance to shop for gifts for their kids.

"I think it says a little bit about the need that's out there," said Dale Robble, pastor of Highland Park Church and Last Minute Toy Store volunteer.  "Most people would not stand outside in the cold unless they really needed it."

The Last Minute Toy Store runs Thursday through Saturday.  

A family representative will be admitted once during the four-day period to shop for free toys for children ages 0 to 18 years.

A limited number of tickets will be given out at 6:30 a.m. each day.  

The ticket holder will then be given a designated time to come back and shop later in the day.  

Parents or guardians must present a photo I.D., proof of Davidson County residence, a document showing the child's name and date of birth and proof of income.

Wednesday's tickets went to more than 400 local families.

On Saturday, a spokesperson at Last Minute Toy Store said all tickets have been issued for this year's toy drive.

Saturday was the last day of the toy drive and 450 tickets were issued to needy families.

Upward of 20,000 toys have been donated, and the effort will serve about 5,000 children.

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