Memphis' Neighborhood Christian Center is trying to make sure thousands of Mid-South children have something special under the tree for Christmas.
Their only problem is the center is short by hundreds of toys.
In The Bill Cosby Show in 1969 Santa was reminded about the spirit of the holidays bringing happiness on Christmas to every little boy and girl.
It's also what the Neighborhood Christian Center is trying to do.
"Thursday we'll have our big toy store for our children," said Zachary Kerr. "Parents will come in with kids, have an opportunity to pick a toy for each child."
The store is filled with about 800 toys, but the center needs more; a lot more. It is short by 1,200 toys. For years the Center has given donated toys to thousands of children who otherwise may not get anything for Christmas.
"If you have a single parents of a parent with four children, we'd like to accommodate each one," Kerr said. "We don't was one child to come and have a toy or we don't want three to have a toy and one is left out."
Hoping to avoid this, the Center was working with area MAPCO stores Where people could drop off toys.
"I remember growing up and just looking forward to see what Santa Claus is going to bring to give that kid the opportunity to look forward to something up under the tree," Matthew Hamilton of MAPCO said.
If you're looking to donate something, Kerr said the toy doesn't have to be name brand. It just has to be a toy. Neighborhood Christian Center is looking to donate to about 200 children, so that when they walk out they do so with an unforgettable smile and have something on Christmas day."
"Whatever you can bring, whatever you can put we'll wrap it we'll make sure that the child gets it and we won't have toys left over," Kerr said.
A big empty room is exactly what they want, as long as every child is able to walk away with something.
"It's from the heart, it's going to someone who may not have anything this Christmas to open on Christmas day," Kerr said.
If Santa can't say no, how can anyone else?
Families will start picking up toys for their children at 9 a.m. Thursday. If you still want to donate, you can drop off toys at 785 Jackson until 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Center will also be open at 6 a.m. Thursday for you to donate.
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