HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Marines and volunteers are busy these days at the Toys For Tots warehouse in Huntsville. They're working as fast as they can to fill bags with toys for the kids of families in need in 13 north Alabama counties.
The number of families is up this year. So far, donations are not, though.
"Toy donations have really slowed down," says Bobby Ray, who has volunteered with Toys For Tots for 11 years.
Master Sgt. Keith Langford is the coordinator for Toys For Tots' north Alabama effort.
"My only goal is, anybody who asks for help, we provide the help," said Master Sgt. Langford.
Right now, that means donations must pick up.
Sgt. Travis Scott was busy packing bags with toys for little girls when we asked him how it was going.
"What you see here will be gone today -- in the next few hours, probably," said Sgt. Scott. "A quarter of a county worth of age groups here, and we don't have enough toys."
To make sure there are enough toys, Toys For Tots is asking that you visit one of the many drop boxes in stores and businesses across north Alabama. For information on the drop off points, and on the late registration from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on December 18th, go to Toysfortots.org.
Despite the challenge, Master Sgt. Langford has no doubt the need will be met.
"The support from the local community is awesome," says Langford.