The line outside Neighborhood Christian Centers, located on the corner of Jackson and Manassas, was 200 strong at one point on Thursday.
The line inside was even longer.
"We still need some 1,200 more toys," said Ephie Johnson, NCC president. "We have hundreds of people sitting outside waiting."
Inside, toys were fast disappearing from the tables. There is need for many of the toys to be restocked, but there aren't a lot of toys to restock the table.
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Christian Davis, who helped organize the toy drive and giveaway, says they need toys for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12.
About 400 families have been served by the annual toy store, but about 400 other families won't get toys right now; they will be sent home with vouchers. There is a prayer that enough toys will be here by the time the toy store is held again next Thursday, Dec. 20.
"We have a lot of working poor," Johnson said. "We have a lot of new poor people, people that have had jobs. A lot of companies are going out of business. We are seeing that today."
The feeling is that Memphis and the Mid-South will step it up and provide for the remaining families in need.
"Memphis is the most philanthropic city I have ever known," Johnson said. "We know that we give more per capita than any other city in the country."
Davis also says he is counting on Memphis, as a very friendly and giving city, to step up, and he believes someone is going to do exactly that.
If you would like to still donate a toy or give a monetary contribution, you can call The Center at 901-881-6013.
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